by tom johnson
Not your standard split-record, the new 7″ from Bodies Be Rivers and Lacrymosa takes the two-tracks-each blueprint of the most releases of this ilk and then weaves it all together; the two acts playing on each others tracks, imbuing the whole piece with something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Released this coming Friday, via the ever-excellent Gold Robot Records, Light Falls finds both artists in fully-compelling shape; Bodies Be Rivers leading off with two bold moments of alt-folk, the first all haunting buzzes of guitar and swooning vocals that seem to howl by the light of the moon, the second something far more bright and tangible.
Both artists took inspiration from a passage in Annie Dillard’s ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek‘ (“A great deal of light falls on everything. If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light”) and it would certainly be true to say that Lacrymosa’s two efforts fall effortlessly in to this conundrum, both tracks feeling both elegantly spacious but also evocatively uncoloured, tenderly rolling forward when it feels like they could just cease to be at any given moment.
Poignant, cohesive, and beautifully delivered throughout, Light Falls proves to be the most successful of artistic projects, all four tracks breathing their own distinct, quiet magic in to the day while feeling very much a part of something greater still. Follow the link below to grab a copy for yourself, and stream the whole thing below right now.
‘Light Falls’ is released on Friday, via Gold Robot Records
You can pre-order it here