Captivation springs from the seduction and provoking of the senses and imagination. It can come through a mighty array of forms and ways and cause a host of varied reactions but breeds a connection which lingers during and away from the inspiration. The Lighthouse is one such fascination which we have just been introduced to courtesy of one of its creators. It is the debut album from UK duo Palindrones and a release which no matter how many times it has courted ears so far continues to spark a new adventure and interpretation with every play.
South East London based, Palindrones is the union of J (Synths, beats, percussion, guitar) and K (Synths, vocals, guitar, theremin); a project which initially was a solo venture for the former but blossomed to what it is now once K joined up in mid-2020. The pair weaves soundscapes which immerse the listener in evocative atmospheric incitement; each as their release shows, taking thought and emotively reactive senses though expansive landscapes of aural intimation. The Lighthouse is the beacon at the heart of that creative fertility, a mini album described as evoking “imagery ranging from futuristic urban decay and the birth of new suns, to abstract surrealism and the intimacy of human connection,” but as we can testify, an encounter which just as ably inspires one’s own thoughtful visions with an evolution which continues by the listen.
The album opens with Solipsism, a lure which rises up in a celestial shimmer to swiftly envelope the senses before slipping into a less imposing but no less intense and dramatic proposal of the outstanding Sectio Aurea. Synths swiftly consume the air around ears, their psych hued beauty infused with fuzzy intimacy and dark shadowed drama. It is as seductive as it is ominous, inner light and dark merging around the radiance that glows within K’s compelling tones. She is almost siren like in the thick mesh of sound and a track which is quickly addictively infectious and darkly haunting.
The following Largesse draws ears in like a breaking summer day, natural sounds and electronic spirit quickly awakening within the warm climate. Here too there is a hint of darker clouds and lurking shadows though the track only courted the brighter side of thought as its animated spring infested its breath and our reactions. Fair to say though, those shadier aspects do ebb and flow throughout the song almost like a threat of ominous payment for the invigorating luminescence provided.
The deeply transfixing Ephialtes is next, a dreamlike seduction which calls on ears and imagination like another siren bound in celestial radiance. There is an antipathy to the beauty though which from a suggestion subsequently looms in heavier intent and just as descriptive intimation. From tenebrific shadows to more intense and dramatic incursion, the trespasses just bring greater intoxication and ensnaring beguilement to ears.
Just as absorbing, Ariadne consumed ears and thoughts in turn, its suggestive atmospherics soon nurturing a slice of progressive rock if one still with an ethereal shape and mythological air cored to earthly intimacy. Once more the dream like voice and words of K bare the self-reflection of the track, courting its splendour with emotional questioning and corporeal presence before the release closes up with Ephialtes Of Trachis. It is a flight of radiance and spatial exploration but one seemingly caught on the darkness and betrayal of more terrene dangers. As we suggested earlier, it is an interpretation to the tapestry woven which belongs to a lone imagination and evolves and changes as each listen unveils fresh aspects to conjure with, a pleasure the whole album casts.
As we started, captivation is an ensnarement of the senses and imagination and Palindrones takes both into their creative vision and resourceful enterprise with almost rapacious appetite; The Lighthouse a light to guide curiosity and one’s own eager perception.
The Lighthouse is out now via all digital retailers and available @ https://palindronesofficial.bandcamp.com/
Pete RingMaster 02/04/2021
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