Album Review: Light Pollution – ‘Apparitions’ (Carpark)

A debut in the mould of the greats rather than carving a new sound

Frontman James Cicero’s grandfather lived on the breadline when he moved from Spain to Chicago to perform in a big band. His tale didn’t warn off his grandson, who dropped out of college to start psych-popsters [b]Light Pollution[/b]. But was it worth it? Well… their careers adviser-flouting debut is in the mould of the greats rather than carving a new sound. From the [b]Animal Collective[/b]-esque noise wall in [b]‘Bad Vibes’[/b] to the haunting [b]‘Drunk Kids’[/b] with a hint of [b]The Walkmen[/b]’s wailing vocals, and the atmospheric [b]Hope Of The States[/b]-style [b]‘Deyci, Right On’[/b], [b]‘Apparitions’[/b] is brave, but not as brave as Cicero’s grandfather was when he took his trumpet to Chicago.

[b]Abby Tayleure[/b]

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