From a Brooklyn producer described with the letters “L V T H N” (not much else is revealed) comes The Tower of Light’s debut record on the Felte label. This slow-burning, overcast self-titled album melds several styles including shoegaze, ambient, post-punk and noise. The result does sound reminiscent of a glowing monolith extending to the sky, looking as inspiring as it is ominous. Opener “Cap Grass” indeed sounds eerily luminous, with reverberating guitar, crunching industrial beats and weathered-sounding vocals.
The haunting, emotional "Carrier" is another favorite of mine, with a fascinating "someone who knows the way there / can never go back" It’s not all about dreariness, though, as tracks such as the warmly shoegazing “Honey Resist” definitely capture the blurry guitar effect-driven comfort that I associate with bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Wye Oak and The Stargazer Lilies. It's exactly a kind of dreamy style that I'm a sucker for, particularly when - like here - it finds yet another new atmosphere.