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Deep Elm Records Release- Lights & Motion ‘Chronicle’ Out Now

January 14, 2015


For Fans of: M83, Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, Hans Zimmer, U137, Moonlit Sailor
Genre(s): Cinematic Post-Rock
The ability to strike emotion on a universal level, to touch the heart without words, to transport you to otherworldly realms in which anything and everything is possible…this is the power of LIGHTS & MOTION. The level of emotional intricacy achieved by the band’s braintrust, Christoffer Franzen, is nothing short of remarkable. And this is not only music you can feel, it’s music you can see. Music is truly a work of art when an artist connects with the listener in a way that transcends the music itself. From the flawless guitar structures to the beautiful piano melodies, the ebb and flow of Chronicle is brilliantly orchestrated. Accessible, deep and totally captivating, the album picks your spirits up where all else has failed. It inspires feelings of awe and wonder. It calls to the depths of the soul where reverie awaits. It breathes new life into all who listen. And it further expands the band’s sonic palette into bold waters with the dark Reborn and to new celestial heights with The Spectacular Quiet. A polished and perfected homage to everything that came before it, Chronicle is a stunning, glorious and triumphant album from start to finish.

The ambition for my third album was to write something that was truly cinematic. Given my lifelong passion for everything cinema, it felt natural to take another step towards that widescreen, big canvas sound, while still maintaing the various elements and components of Lights & Motion’s trademark sound. The process hasn’t changed at all for the albums I create. Everything is played for real. It’s all created from scratch. It’s still all written by me, every note in there. I named the album Chronicle as sort of a play-by-play narrative or score of certain events in my life. A diary, if you will, captured through sound. During those periods when I’m composing day and night, the music tends to color my memory of a particular passage of time. After a while it gets hard to distinguish one without the other. On this album, I felt it would be fitting to frame the music in such a way that you get a glimpse of me from the outside as well. This same theme runs through the sequence and titles. One of the main reasons why I like to write songs is that they become bottled emotions. They are mirrors to memories. The biggest thrill of all is when a complete stranger tells me that they’ve played my music during a significant moment in their life. To be a part of those moments, those chronicles of another’s life, in even the smallest way…that is an incredible honor” says Franzen.

Last year was an absolute whirlwind for Lights & Motion’s multi-instrumentalist, composer and musical savant Christoffer Franzen. Having released what both press and fans have called “two of the greatest post-rock albums ever released“, being named “Best New Artist of the Year” in a poll of 11,000+ respondents and being featured in Hollywood film trailers, television spots and global promo campaigns, you’d be shocked at just how humble this young gun of 26 years remains. He is without doubt, one of the biggest musical discoveries of the decade irregardless of genre. Chronicle anchors Lights & Motion as a post-rock point of reference, ensures the album’s resting place among the highest echelon of post-rock releases and further justifies Franzen’s spot on the short list of great cinematic songwriters.


Chronicle will leave you in an inexplicable state of euphoria. This is the best album of Lights & Motion to date!” – Postrock Essentials
Chronicle does not reinvent post-rock, but instead delivers the genre’s most sublime output to date. Absolutely essential.” – Alternativ News
Epic, expansive, cinematic…listening to Chronicle is a transcendent experience. Deep Elm has once again proven itself as a vital label.” – Will Not Fade
Lights & Motion is Christoffer Franzen. He plays all instruments on the album. Chronicle was also produced, recorded and mixed by Franzen at UpSweden Studio in Gothenburg. Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles (M83, Serge Gainsbourg, Polyphonic Spree). Cover artwork by Will Sutton adapted from his short film Under The Same Sky. Photos and album trailer video by cinematographer Fredrik Sellergren. A music video for The Spectacular Quiet directed by Fraser West for WeAreConspirators is now available online. Chronicle follows Reanimation (January 2013) and Save Your Heart (November 2013) also released on Deep Elm Records. Videos for The March and Home are currently available online. Other Lights & Motion releases include the 20 track Unreleased (Music for TV & Film) and the 5 track Holiday Visions, both of which are available exclusively on deepelmdigital.com. Lights & Motion has 750,000+ followers on SoundCloud alone with over 1.5 Million plays. Franzen resides in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Chronicle proudly celebrates Deep Elm’s 20th anniversary as a 100% true and pure independent record label.

Grab the release here- http://www.deepelm.com/560/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New+Release:+LIGHTS+%26+MOTION+%22Chronicle%22+%2B+…&utm_source=YMLP&utm_term=new_560.png


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