Eightspace Records [Release date 12.03.21]
League Of Lights, the husband and wife duo of Richard (also a member of prog metal band Threshold) and Farrah West, return with their third album. As Farrah explains, “The album is about the past, the present and the future – about taking the best from all that you have been through, the pressures of modern life and keeping your dreams alive in dark times.”
Like many albums now being released this one was mainly written and recorded since the lockdowns began over a year ago. Bizarrely ‘Twenty Twenty One’ was written pre-pandemic in 2019, yet the music and lyrics fit this year perfectly. This was the first single released off this album and it is one of the album’s instant ‘hits’.
One thing that is apparent upon listening to this album is that the musical arrangements have been stripped back more, with the piano leading the way in backing the ethereal vocals of Farrah.
As Richard states, “we wanted it to be more piano-driven than our previous release…more open than before with less synths and more space for Farrah’s vocals to really lift off.” That certainly has been achieved as ‘Modern Living’ and ‘Persephone’ highlight, where the music gives plenty of space to Farrah’s vocals, yet there is still enough going on musically for the listener to pick out different sounds on each subsequent listen.
‘The Collector’ has been released as a single, being another strong piano driven melody and it has the potential to be played on mainstream radio. ‘North Of The Sun’ could be another possible one for a single release, although to be fair all of the album has wide appeal due to its melodic pop roots.
The final song, ‘Echoes of a Dream’, is worth highlighting too, as it is one of those songs that revisits and summarises the rest of the songs on the album. Cleverly done, making a fitting finale to the album.
League Of Lights seem to have found their desired sound on this album – a classy mix of piano led pop, electro and progressive music, with emphasis on the vocals and melodies. Highly recommended, as indeed are the band’s previous two albums. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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