Arbor Lights debut album came out yesterday and today Matt Elton – guitarist in the band tweeted:
Wanna see some dudes review our album now! Sort it out, everyone.
— Matt Elton (@matt_elton) July 2, 2013
So I thought I’d oblige. Now there are some things you should know first.
- I’m biased (I’m related to exactly half the members, in fact recently married to one)
- I’m not really a review writer, or a writer of any kind for that matter
- I don’t like Post Rock as a rule (give me something I can sing along to any day)
Point 3 may negate point one, we’ll see.
Arbor Lights are a band of 4 named after the bar they first met in, which in turn was named after the Arboretum it was situated down the road from. Hatherton Lake, Arbor Lights debut album offering continues the theme, titled after the lake situated within the Arboretum.
Recorded and mixed by Michael Clarke at his studio in Hockley, Birmingham, the industrial backdrop of the area lends itself well to the tracks on this album. The opening track The Silent City could almost be a sound track to that area, reverberating guitars into uplifting melodies and a beat to nod your head to, in fact intended or otherwise the inner sleeves art work, the city skyline features the dominating BT tower synonymous with the area.
The other four tracks that make up this album Interstellar, Damascus, Sillohettes & The Mayor and the Diver all take you on a journey that the more musical aficionados amongst you will understand (I’ve read that in enough reviews to know that’s a good thing to say, yes?). Differing from other Post Rock albums 4 of the 5 tracks come in under the 10 minutes mark – which trust me is a good thing – The reason I don’t like Post Rock as a rule is I get bored part way through, by 12 minutes in I’m all yes, yes, move along next track please…. The shorter length and the clear melodies of the tracks mean I can listen and enjoy, although in truth I much prefer to see them live…..and seriously boys, Where’s the singer?? 😉