Often, I get emails asking me to write about albums. I listen to every album, and if I like it, I’ll write about it. It’s rare for me to find an album that I truly love that way, but when it does happen, it’s something like The Black Light’s All Forgotten Dreams, a dreamy prog rock album that was released on the first day of the year.
The band draws heavy influence from Radiohead, one of my favorite bands, and The Smashing Pumpkins – and that’s clear throughout this album. I love the intricately layered instrumentals with Thom Yorke-esque vocals – although of course, nobody can sing like Thom, The Black Light comes pretty close to sounding like him in “a love letter to the music [they] love”.
Songs move from fast-paced and heavy to mellow and dreamier, at times sounding almost similar to Radiohead’s OK Computer. The first track and my favorite, The Enemy Within, features funky synth layered over irregular rhythms and smooth vocals. From there, each song alternates from heavier to soft, but although it changes form, the intensity is a constant.Another favorite, Alarm Bells, showcases pretty harmonies over ethereal instrumentals, with power behind every note. It sounds almost as though Thom Yorke joined The Smashing Pumpkins for an album, creating a surprisingly gorgeous record.
I have to say, I was waiting to post this one for a while – my calendar was booked pretty much until now. Now that I’ve finally gotten to write about it, though, I can definitely say that it was worth the wait. The intense Radiohead influences are right up my alley, and each melodic hook combined with punchy rhythms makes me swoon. Go check them out if you’re a fan of any prog rock – you won’t be disappointed.