Review: Lights & Motion – Reanimation

 Reanimation is the debut album of  “cinematic post-rock powerhouse” Lights & Motion.  It has been graciously released to us by Deep Elm Records and we could not be more thankful.

The “braintrust,” of Lights & Motion (as well as multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and mixer) Christoffer Franzen describes his songwriting influences as “melodies and harmonies, movies and images, loneliness and melancholy.” Through shiver-inducing volume swells, morose piano, soft ambience or loud, straight-forward guitars accompanied by woven in strings and enlivening drums, each influence can easily be identified in one listen-through of the new album.

Lights & Motion is essentially an instrumental act, but lyric lovers should not brush the band off; each song tells a story (or multiple), and the tracks are dynamic enough to accompany you throughout any part of your day, whether it be awakening to “Home” as its layering instrumentation does the same, or falling asleep to the cricket sounds and calming atmosphere created by “Texas.” Plus, as a pleasant surprise, Franzen sings in the closing track, “Dream Away,” showing us that he is not limited to making instrumental music (not that I was complaining).

Reanimation has beautiful production quality and is more than worth your time. Stream “Home” below and see for yourself!

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