Meet Light Parades, a four piece outfit based in Kingston-Upon-Thames, south-west London. Forming in mid-2011, the ambitious quartet then headed to Rockfield Studio in Wales only four weeks after forming to start recording their debut album Through All Times.
And what’s it like?
‘Adolescence’ is the latest single to be taken from Light Parades debut. This track, like nearly the entire album, is a slow relaxed affair. Acoustic guitar, washy drums and a twinkly guitar intro starts the track. Hopkinson’s opening vocal of “Don’t grow up… too fast” sums up the song almost perfectly. The track floats along, with gradual changes, easing you in and out of the choruses.
The video for ‘Adolescence’ complements the track too, a young couple row as they slowly grow apart. Bottles, chairs and mirrors get smashed in the tension but in the end their love brings them back together.
Album highlight ‘A Delicate Tremble’ begins with a plucked, clean guitar and hazy piano sequence as the bass line calmly follows behind. The vocals are all shy and emotional in the verse, a small lull and we’re into the chorus; a heartfelt crowd sung piece.
The second verse drops back but keeps the momentum, a mini bridge of atmospheric, simple guitar and here Hopkinson’s delicate vocals are shown to their full potential before the final big chorus.
Other highlights of Through All Times include ‘Until I Sleep’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’ the last track of the album being a piano led song until the euphoric climax of both the song and album.
What’s the tracklisting?
1. The Grandest Of Gestures
5. Say Something
6. Bring The Light Brigade
7. A Delicate Tremble
8. Let It Breath
9. Until I Sleep
10. Don’t Let Go
Can you listen to anything now?
What’s the final verdict?
Light Parades’ debut album Through All Times is atmospheric but can get repetitive quickly.
Words by Jamie King