Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this review, I’m going to be delving into Phoenix Lights, an eclectically bizarre and wonderfully unique duo hailing from outer space. (Or the Netherlands, but they seem to prefer the former.) Their newest record, which dropped Dec. 12, is a self-titled six track endeavor. The EP is their first full length EP. Let’s dig right into it.
Phoenix Lights is best classified as an art rock duo, one that toys with classical, progressive, and alternative influences. ‘The Journey,’ the opening of their new EP, may prove one of the most resilient, poignant moments for many listeners. This instrumental is so well executed, so well performed, and so abundantly creative. I love the layered soundscapes of synthesizers and noises; they’re magnificent in their own special way. In truth, ‘The Journey’ is one of the more original independent instrumental songs I’ve heard in months.
‘Lies’ continues the duo’s clear classical influence, tying itself to a dynamic guitar/piano waltz. The two instruments bounce off of one another with lovely prowess before Sandra Spaceflower Zovko comes in with her hauntingly beautiful vocals. I adore how she harmonizes with herself. The instrumentation creates this spine-tingling sense of urgency around the listener, something that subsides into soft, surreal bliss on ‘Hesitation.’
‘Murder In The Park’ is the next true highlight of the album, exhibiting Spaceflower to a much greater extent. Laurens Voois, her counterpart, makes his vocal debut as well, harmonizing with her nicely. The chemistry between these two is undeniably infectious. ‘End Of Summer’ continues their instrumental harmony elegantly, returning to the masterful pastures of the electric guitar and piano collaboration. These two instrumentalists bounce off each other so intensely. ‘Games’ closes the endeavor with an epic sense of finality.
Phoenix Lights is a superb effort very much worth your time. I’d argue they are one of the finest, most unique independent duos in the scene right now. Their production quality is outstanding, and their compositions are equally noteworthy. They’re something to write home about.