First Impressions: Lights & Motion - “Reanimation”

I have heard the first album that will absolutely be on my EOTY lists of 2013.

Lights & Motion’s Reanimation is a stunner.

It’s an instrumental album that has shades of Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and a lot of unique aspects that put these guys firmly in the “yeah, you need to get this” category. The 13 songs are gorgeously sequenced and the production is top-notch, I could not recommend listening to this thing with the best speakers/headphones you own more. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned bands, there’s a lot to like here — and if you’ve never really gotten into music without vocals before, I firmly believe this could be the album that serves as a jumping off point. Comes with my full recommendation.

From the Bio: The band’s braintrust, 24 year old self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, mixer and all around musical savant Christoffer Franzen, created and composed every song in real-time during late night insomnia sessions through pure accident, improvisation and inspiration. And the result? More than you could have ever hoped for. Reanimation is pure, sweeping, musically-animated emotion: modern yet classic, bold yet restrained, grandiose yet humble, storming yet tranquil, swerving yet linear…and you are completely surrounded in the sincerity, the ecstasy, the illumination of it all. Every song is so deeply intimate yet so massively majestic, culminating in a timeless album that is seemingly created from the same stuff dreams are made of. “Reanimation will be acknowledged as one of the most important post-rock albums ever to be made…and if this was the last album we ever released on Deep Elm Records, I would consider our 18 year mission an overwhelming success” says label founder John Szuch.

It comes out January 16th on Deep Elm.