Black Wall Street

Native Lights

Black Wall Street
Performed By Native Lights
Album UPC 845121085075
CD Baby Track ID TR0001406101
Label Passive Recordings
Released 2015-03-17
BPM 119
Rated 0
ISRC uscgj1518429
Year 2015
Spotify Plays 630
Writers
Writer Bryce Chambers
Pub Co Current Taste Music
Writer Johnathon Lee Ford
Pub Co Current Taste Music
Writer Philip Phillips
Pub Co Philip Phillips
Writer Nathan Price
Pub Co Nathan Price
Composer Bryce Chambers, Johnathon Lee Ford, Nathan Price, Philip Phillips
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master
Rights Easy Clear: Master
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Oklahoma

Description

Native Lights' array of lush, hearty, sincere songs are indebted to the pioneering sounds of the infamous Slowdive, the 4AD instrumental outfit Dif Juz, shoegaze heavyweights My Bloody Valentine, and the dark, angular sounds of 90s rockers Codeine.

Notes

"Lush desert-swept shoegaze. Gorgeously heavy." NPR All Songs Considered

"A sound that's as deep and dark as classic shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, but on an even grander scale." – Stereogum

"Native Lights has delivered an experience that volleys between the massive and the mellow." – Modern Vinyl

"Sounds like Galaxie 500 being molested by Lemmy." – Music OMH (UK)

"Native Lights keeps their songs riveting and refreshing amongst the collective of bands in today’s scene." - PunkNews.Org

Guitarist/Vocalist Bryce Chambers (Ester Drang) and Bassist Johnathon Ford (Unwed Sailor) form the core of NATIVE LIGHTS. The two musicians have contributed their fair share of captivating sounds in their various musical projects for 20+ years. Native Lights' array of lush, hearty, sincere songs are indebted to the pioneering sounds of the infamous Slowdive, the 4AD instrumental outfit Dif Juz, shoegaze heavyweights My Bloody Valentine, and the dark, angular sounds of 90s rockers Codeine and The Jesus Lizard.

After releasing a 7'' single titled “Blackwater,” featuring the self titled single and an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark cover, the band recorded their debut album in the dark corridors of an abandoned cattle auction facility found somewhere in the outskirts of rural Hominy, Oklahoma. The facility's worn facade, crumbling walls and caving ceiling felt like the perfect place to track the group's vast, cinematic brand of shoegaze-bent discordant dream-pop.

The guerrilla approach of going into a dilapidated building and recording an album brought about untold options for cavernous untamed sounds. The band brought along a minimal recording setup, rigged up some electricity and adapted the old facility into a makeshift tracking room. For a long week in the dead of winter the band recorded by day and slept in the freezing compound at night, taking solace in the warmth of a bonfire on the front steps.

After the recording process was completed, the band travelled to Louisville, KY to mix the album with Kevin Ratterman (Young Widows, My Morning Jacket, Maserati) at his famed La La Land Studio. The end result is a hallowed somberness, painted by the sounds of Native Lights, expelled in the form of swooning leads, hollow resonance, shimmery beats, and a mournful medley of lost voices. Thus the first Native Lights full-length record was born.

The album will be released on Passive Recordings in March 2015 with nationwide touring to follow.

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