Soft Lighting: Slow Motion Silhouettes
Soft Lighting: Slow Motion Silhouettes– Soft Lighting is the solo work of Kansas City-based artist Bryan Cox. Chill wave has a lot of different forms especially when you’re talking about Soft Lighting. Though this is Soft Lighting’s debut record, there definitely isn’t a particular style that he’s gravitating towards. There’s plenty of chill wave and chill wave-inspired songs on this record, but to simply label it that way and be done with it just wouldn’t be fair…
Slow Motion Silhouettes takes cues from bands like Neon Indian, Small Black and Washed Out in its composition, but it also has its own perspective as well. Pushing the boundaries of a genre is one of the principle factors I look for when I’m considering talking about any band and Soft Lighting does this in a few different ways. If he was strictly chill wave, he sure has a funny way of showing it. Tracks like Humble and Out Tonight resemble new wave far more than other songs on the record. Then, songs like Relive The Motion and On Niburu are far more electro pop than should be allowed… but, blended together with the chill wave and new wave songs, you start to get a sense of the picture that Soft Lighting is drawing for you. It takes a couple of listens to fully appreciate the disarray, much like a lot of art, but once you’ve seen the vision, you begin to see the beauty of it.
Not content to settle on one particular style, Soft Lighting’s debut offers everything from chill wave to dream pop, to ambient, to instrumentals… in effect, there’s enough of a variety of electro scattered throughout this album to satisfy almost anyone at some point. Another fantastic offering from Synthemesc‘s growing library of exceptional artists…8.6/10