Following the announcement of their debut album Sequence One last month, the Montréal-based duo of Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) and Stephen Ramsay (Young Galaxy) are thrilled to share a second single from the forthcoming LP, which premiered on The 405.
The track “Light Conductor” shares its name with the project, and it serves as a perfect encapsulation of the duo’s exploratory aesthetic. With a distinct nod to ’90s psych rock, “Light Conductor” is slow-burner that builds layers of fuzz and electronic effects into a massive wall of sound, featuring the sole vocals on the otherwise-instrumental album. It’s the perfect finale for Sequence One: a joyous, sonically immersive liftoff that we recommend playing loud. Sequence One is a warm shimmering sonic hug of enveloping drone and hypnotic arpeggiation flowing along buoyant filter-sweeping eddies and waves. Gently immersive like a saltwater bath under a starry sky, Light Conductor make nighttime/sunrise music in widescreen high-fidelity at their vintage-equipped Breakglass Studios in Montréal, pinning the pre-amps with stately, slowly shifting synth tones, stereophonic squelches
Lasek is among Canada’s most seasoned producer-engineers; his recordings and mixes marinate in slow-cooked analogue glaze, balancing spacious soundstaging against sumptuous saturation – as fans of his esteemed power-shoegaze rock band The Besnard Lakes can attest (and as can be heard on other award-winning recordings Lasek has helmed, by the likes of Patrick Watson, Suuns, Moonface and Esmerine). With Light Conductor, Lasek brings this studio sensibility to bear on music of slow inexorability and simplicity, co-piloted by the spartan and sultry aesthetic that has guided Ramsay through six albums of acclaimed electro-pop by Young Galaxy over the past decade. The two have been kicking out these Light Conductor slow jams for years, and fans of their respective bands should find profoundly dazed and satisfying respite alongside Lasek and Ramsay when taking the mesmeric plunge into Sequence One.
Come float in their cosmic soup, as Side A unspools around the twinkling ostinato melody of “A Bright Resemblance” like a satellite signal pulsing through celestial refractions, with various atmospheric pressures increasing and eventually blanketing all transmissions in a white-noise blizzard on “Chapel Of The Snows.” Side B starts out in deeper space, on the fittingly titled “Far From The Warming Sun,” where a residual glitch skips amidst oscillating dark matter drones and distant intercepted tones, before returning to earth in the flinty rhythmic interlude of “When The Robot Hits The Water.” Sequence One ends with full ignition and lift-off: the duo’s eponymous electro-psych-rock closer “Light Conductor” (featuring Young Galaxy compatriot Catherine McCandless on backing vocals) is a throbbing empyrean slab of methodically levitational fuzz.
Sequence One shall be released in deluxe LP is 180gram heavyweight audiophile midnight ultrablack vinyl pressed at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a thick 24pt/450gsm jacket printed in 2 spot colours (blue + metallic bronze) on uncoated 100% recycled paperboard, with a 12″x24″ art print poster, and 320kbps MP3 download card.
CST139 • 180gLP / DL
Release Date: 08 March 2019
1. A Bright Resemblance (11:17)
2. Chapel Of The Snows (6:48)
3. Far From The Warming Sun (10:40)
4. When The Robot Hits The Water (3:35)
5. Light Conductor (5:42)
RIYL: Klaus Schulze, Sinoia Caves, Spacemen 3, Cluster, Jean-Michel Jarre