Rule Of Twelfths album
Release date: 4th February 2013
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 Jóhannsson. They add a layer of
bucolic beauty 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.
"Gorgeous... inspired... exploratory folk somewhere between Trees
and Trembling Bells."
"Sweetly lulls the listener with delicate folk numbers before
ambushing them with surging orchestral noise - this contrast
between light and shade makes 'Rule
Of Twelfths' so effective."
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