FACT are streaming Tower Of Light’s debut album in full now. The album was revealed this week on the website and will be officially released on February 4 through Felte.
Beaming its sleepwalking sound from a bedroom in Brooklyn, The Tower Of Light deals in the marriage of polarities on his self-titled debut album. At once delicate and severe, ecstatic then pensive, both sparse and lush, it follows a road that was paved by the early days of 4AD and its strange, beautiful diversity while making unexpected stylistic detours as it winds its way through the ether.
Though the general mood is hypnotic and arresting in equal measure and the sonic details reveal no allegiance to any genre in particular, one consistent thread is the pairing of thoughtful melodic/harmonic counterpoints against tense, elaborate atmospherics. Imagine a catchy pop song being hijacked, slowed to a narcotic pitch, its words turned to surrealist poetry then all of it wrapped in a warm blanket of drone. It’s these juxtapositions that consistently reveal the project’s centre of gravity.
The Tower Of Light’s sinister debut combines doomed-out shoegaze, sinking no wave guitars and industrial clang.
Relentlessly unpredictable and effortlessly genre-defying, The Tower of Light can be difficult to pin down. And while some may read the aesthetics as more black-hole than shining sun, this is music that feels very aware that both are just different states in the same life cycle.
The album will be released on February 4 2014 through Felte. You can pre-order the album now.