Featured Track: Lights That Change – Union (For Louise)
Not many bands have struck the balance well between the old school gothic rock of the mid to late 1980s and ethereal music. Lights That Change not only do so but add the element of shoegaze and dreampop to the heady mix. Now the mixture of such sounds should lead to a horrific collision similar to fiery autobahn crashes. But guided by the angelic voice of Mandy Clare, reminiscent of all All About Eve’s Julianne Regan, and the otherworldly musical craftsmanship of Marc Antony, all lanes run clear. The music is gorgeous and while some tracks are lunar in nature others are light and ascendent.
Union (For Louise) is an example of the latter. It is joyful and shimmering in the way that the Sundays achieved with their best and earlier works. The bassline calls to mind the great Simon Raymonde in its strumming gymnastics, while the guitar plays simple simple but fittingly pretty three note arrpeggios. At the top of the mix, Clare sings, as if in victorious jubiliation. This is the sound of clouds lifting, of the sun shining through. It is more than just “everything is going to be OK,” it is the realization of that statement put to song.