plus 6 Sept London show with string quartet at St Pancreas Old Church
Announce a special one-off London show with a string quartet. The band will issue a special edition of their 2013 album ‘Rule of Twelfths’ to mark the occasion and play songs taken from both it and its predecessor ‘Twin Feathers’. The digital reissue includes three bonus tracks: ‘L’Attente’, ‘Blind’ (harmonium version) and ‘Coming Home’ (demo).
Fuzzy Lights return with their highly anticipated third album ‘Rule of Twelfths’, their first new material since the Mojo Underground Album of the Month ‘Twin Feathers’ in 2010. Since their near-instrumental debut album of 2008, Fuzzy Lights have grown organically into a powerful and confident band weaving together elements of pastoral psych-folk and noise-rock. They now sit poised ready to reach a far wider audience with their most fully-realised and direct set of songs to date, hinting at elements of dream-pop.
‘Rule of Twelfths’ sees a number of positive changes in the music of Fuzzy Lights. Most noticeable is that violinist/pianist Rachel Watkins takes lead vocals on most songs, including lead-off single ‘Summer’s Tide’. The contrast between her delicate, melodious voice and soaring violin work is a huge strength. The lyrical imagery speaks of distance and closeness, but there are also hints at the intimacy of new life. Images of “skin”, “veins” and “breath” all fall from these songs.
Noise and crescendo has been another element of Fuzzy Lights’ sound to change this time around. In contrast to the previous two albums, the emphasis now is on the short, sharp shock – witness the thrilling fuzz-guitar solo that erupts at the end of ‘The Hour’, or the way ‘Restless’ twists around itself with sudden changes in direction. Several songs also feature string arrangements by Watkins, courtesy of the Iskra quartet, also heard on new albums by The xx and Jóhann Jóhansson. They add a layer of bucolic beauty to songs like ‘Second Skin’, perhaps recalling ‘Bryter Layter’-period Nick Drake.
‘Rule of Twelfths’ is a stunningly well realised album from a very special band who, on their third release, have reached that rare point where all influences are absorbed and what emerges is a coherent, unique statement that reflects only themselves.
Previous praise for Fuzzy Lights
‘TWIN FEATHERS’ (Little Red Rabbit, 2010) MOJO
4/5 UNDERGROUND ALBUM OF THE MONTH
“As hazily atmospheric as mist rolling across their native Cambridgeshire fenland.”
4/5 “Outstanding. A beguiling, brilliant second LP from the Fenlands band. Like the Dirty Three meeting Low with a hint of Sweet Billy Pilgrim. If they were American, the buzz would be huge already.” ARTROCKER
4/5 “A rare kind of quiet dignity.”
‘A DISTANT VOICE’ (Little Red Rabbit, 2008)
“Just perfect . Part hushed classicism, part crumbling intensity.”
“A huge, cinematic record. The effect is an organic ebbing and flowing that gives the speakers a damn good work out.”
“If you like Grizzly Bear, this should be right up your street. It’s gorgeous.”
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“‘A Distant Voice’ is dense music that pulls at tiny crevices in your soul, slowly unfolding before you.”