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.
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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