Earthquake Lights: Distress Signals (Self-Released) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Earthquake Lights

Distress Signals


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Pitching somewhere between indie rock and jazz, the debut full-length record from New York natives Earthquake Lights is a truly beautiful thing. It is of those albums that comes along as if from nowhere and knocks you sideways with the kind of listening experience which we all dream about having, but in actual fact have very infrequently. On the one hand you have the driving rhythm of "The Eight-One" which feels like it could take off at any moment but instead rolls and writhes in a maelstrom of the kind of chord progressions only masters come up with. On the other, take the sumptuous piano chords and orchestration of the cinematic "We Will Never Be the Same," which really should end up soundtracking an important moment in a film sometime soon. On the third hand, take the luscious strings and beautiful vocal performance contained in "Open Ocean." On the fourth hand (if you're lucky enough to have four hands) the Rhodes and Bass-infused "This Is As Far As You Go" is full of funk and a generous dose of attitude.

Earthquake Lights have come of age on Distress Signals. Join the party. You won't regret it. (

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