I do not know what is going on here in Sweden but there are so many great sounding Post Rock bands here. One of my favorites is Moonlit Sailor and now I have to add Lights & Motion to that list. This is the creation of one guy named Christoffer Franzen and he plays his post rock a bit mellower than Moonlit but with such beauty it is impossible not to be moved. Over and over again I find myself shaking my head going “wow…” at the sheer quality of the songs. There are no lyrics to speak about so you can concentrate fully on the music, with the exception of closing song Dream Away.
Sometimes in this genre, songs and albums may sound very similar but that is not the case for Lights & Motion. Five songs in and they sound very different from each other. You have the slow, softer ones and then you have the electronic ones and then there are songs based around an acoustic guitar. You never get the feeling that you have heard this song before and that is a nice thing when you have 13 songs.
I have been listening to the track “Home” for awhile now and it is a great song. What is great about the album is that all songs are of the same quality. It is really hard to pick a favorite here but I think you should listen to this as a whole and not as specific songs. If you do you will be taken on a fantastic journey through a landscape of wonderful sounds. But if I have to pick songs I will say Home, Fractured and Drift. Or wait, I have to mention one or two songs more, or yet another one. You see? It is virtually impossible to choose so you might as play the whole album and dream yourself away.
Is “album of the year” for 2013 already here? I think it might very well be so. How he wrote music as beautiful as this is beyond me. I am just very happy that they did. I know that both Moonlit Sailor and Last Lungs are releasing new album this year but this is where the bar is set right now. Good luck to any contenders.