Eat Lights Become Lights are excellent modern practitioners of krautrock and kosmische music, keeping the eternal motorik momentum alive with not one but two drummers! Nature Reserve is split between ferociously-forward-moving freakouts and spacier drift-pieces, and it turns out the band excel in both modes. The album is out on Deep Distance in an edition of 500 pink vinyl LPs.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 27 February 2017
Fast kraut! It’s my favourite; I like it when the repetition is running laps around you. Eat Lights Become Lights take the piecemeal bits from your favourite old-school hypno-rockers and fucking shred with it, creating fast and invigorating psychedelia full of bubbly melodies and crafty goofball sound sets. Those among you who listened in to those records by Camera and Rhododendron will likely have your cheeky hearts appeased by this record of sunbeamed rhythms.
“Nature Reserve” races in to make this one something of a wakeup call, but it’s on the ridiculous “Getting Dressed for the Future”, with its glockenspiels and squealing synth-lines, that I start to take notice -- if Dan Deacon had only been listening to Neu! on all those trips into the altering of the consciousness, we might have had this kinda record earlier. “Serving Through Science” perpetuates a simple rhythm via a wave-crashing drumbeat but then pushes through the same toylike melodies, slowly building into what kinda sounds like krautrock Christmas.
By way of disclaimer I’ll go on record and say that Eat Lights Become Lights aren’t like this all the time: some moments are more toned down, as on the stretched ambient interlude of “Dust”, but they still sound oddly beautiful and hopeful, not simply numbed to the cause of psych. “Set Fire to the Sun” precedes its driving second half with droning strums and shoegazed hums, while the beatless “Distant Point of Light” is a gorgeously meditative piece of electronic loops, delighting much in the way Woo might. Overall, a record that blesses you with a smile on the way to its collision course with contentedness.
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