Broken light is a four- piece that released their debut “the spring tide” in August of 2012. This is a solid effort that marries two of my favorite things- pop and shoegaze. The album boasts 10 songs over 45 minutes that seamlessly blend into one another and is served best in one sitting. Broken light does an excellent job of combining clean and distorted shoegaze elements with a pop sensibility. What’s even more unique is there are traces of post-rock bands like “explosions in the sky” that work to the songs benefit. The songs are easy to listen to making the 45 minutes pretty painless to get through.
Some personal highlights are “magnetic north” which starts with a unique drum beat and a nicely picked clean guitar. Other songs like “Nucleo/Tides” pop with kinetic energy that is hard to resist. Broken light really hit their stride when they play together and rock out.. The ebb and flow of this album is seamless and shows that the band put in a good amount of thought with the songs and where they were placed on the album. Overall, this is a very good album that is easy to digest, fun to listen to and pulls from a nice eclectic variety of genres that fit together well. Do yourself a favor and listen to this album.
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