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Fulton Lights
Fulton Lights
Android Eats Records / Catbird Records
www.fultonlights.com


So imagine you're watching yet another one of those movies about apocalyptic natural disasters nearly destroying the human race, as if one wasn't enough… Anyway, think of the morning after scene with the muscle bound, handsome, yet surprisingly unscathed protagonist standing next to his silicone packing Barbie doll of a sidekick surveying the damage done by whichever imaginative disaster happened to befall the human race. Now to go a level deeper, think of the background music in this scene and you will have nailed the style of Fulton Lights. Ok, that was somewhat tedious considering I could have just said the self titled album could be considered Massive Attack-esque or Alpha-like trip hop / ambient / downtempo.

Anyway, Fulton Lights is the brainchild of Brooklyn's own singer / songwriter Andrew Spencer Goldman. With the help of programming man Rob Christiansen, guitarist Steve Silverstein and multiple other guest artists this album is fleshed out into ghostly, haunting melodies and scraping, sometimes noisy, raw rhythms. The opposition of the rhythm and melody is what makes this beautifully ethereal album stand out among others. The track 'The Sound of the City' is such a wonderful mixture of sound and emptiness that could be found in any large city, while speaking of wanting to escape the endless noise. This track really shows the talent Goldman has for ambient styling similar to Brian Eno's earlier music. Where Goldman shows talent is being able to completely change his style and morph into a downtempo styling reminiscent of Zero 7 in 'Fire in the Palm of My Hand'. 'Breathe In, Breathe Out' and 'Old Photographs' follow along the same line with slow deliberate beats and piano accompaniment to almost whispering vocals.

Fulton Lights has shown that it can get in the ring with the big name talent and live to tell the tale. I have a feeling that Goldman and crew are here to stay, so this album should definitely be added your downtempo / ambient collection alongside Zero 7, Massive Attack, DJ Krush and Brian Eno.

-Liger Woods

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Thank God For the Evening News
3. 1,000 Little Eyes
4. The Sound of the City
5. The Monkey On Our Backs
6. Fire in the Palm of My Hand
7. Autumn Anthem
8. Old Photographs
9. Breathe In, Breathe Out
10. The Sound of the City (Reprise)


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