This week’s featured record is “Bitter Reflection“, the brand new album from Arizona synthpop duo Body Of Light.
The latest by Arizona brothers Alex and Andrew Jarson, further hones their smoldering strain of tempestuous synth-pop into a transformative suite of anthems, reveries, and reckonings: ‘Bitter Reflection’.
The duo worked with Telefon Tel Aviv co-founder Josh Eustis in Los Angeles, incorporating an expanded array of live instrumentation – piano, bass, saxophone, acoustic guitar – in addition to vintage Akai samplers, Moogs, and archaic hardware, giving the album an eclectic, unpredictable palette.
Sampled snippets of voice, noise, synth, and field recordings flicker in the periphery of these 11 tracks, murmuring like nostalgias half-forgotten, or displaced memories. It’s music pulled between twin flames of truth and desire, romanticization and reality, catharsis and control, born of a bond sealed by years, dreams, and blood.
Favourite tracks: Bitter Reflection, Strike The Match, This Conversation, Out Of Season, Never Ever…
As the press released stated, the record spins through a gallery of the band’s ongoing fascinations: Depeche Mode- esque declarations of dread and excess (“This Conversation”), brooding dance floor epiphanies (“Out Of Season”), smooth Thomas Dolby city skyline melancholias (“Never Ever”), lovesick looking glass ballads laced with Art Of Noise orchestral stabs (“On This Day”).
Body of Light ‘Bitter Reflection‘ Tracklist:
- Get It Right
- Strike The Match
- This Conversation
- Bitter Reflection
- Out Of Season
- Never Ever 03:36
- On This Day
- Last Repose