After spending some important time crafting and developing their sound, Dream Lake are finally back with their brand new album LUX. Shortly after their successful self-entitled EP back in 2013, the band decided to take some time to create their new album, which has benefited the Swedish duo without doubt. They’ve always had a certain sound and aura to them, but it had never been fleshed out over a big project. LUX was the perfect opportunity to do this.
The album is very neatly packaged and well thought out, with the album having the songs ‘Intro Lux’, ‘Inter Lux’ and ‘Post Lux’, which gives the record a storybook feeling with an instrumental narrative attached to it. The band clearly had this idea of taking the listener through this story, and mapped it out cleverly with this subtle hint.
‘Intro Lux’ starts the album with this quick and sharp introduction that has a beautiful wondrous sound to it. This atmospheric flow brings you through nicely to the next song ‘Let us stay in the Light’, the mellow attitude flows out of the song as it brings calm to your mind. With the soft and cuddly vocals, you can forget about what’s happening around you and the general stresses. The entire album has this mellow attitude painted all across it, as no song really deviates from this which creates an overall calm listening experience.
It’s impressing to hear the variations the duo can present this atmospheric and sleek feeling without it becoming tiresome or monotonous. The track that comes next is ‘World of Dreams’ which has this wonderful melody and uplifting keys throughout it, however it’s the vocals that steal the show as they bring this fourth dimension to the song, as well as every other one.
A high point of the album is when the gentle notes of ‘Midnight Sun’ begin to creep in. With its angelic posture and heavenly features it sounds so grandiose that it could’ve been created direct from heaven itself. Along with this ‘Blueness of The Night’ also leaves a lasting impression on the ears, once again it’s the power of the keys and vocals combined, creating this larger than life soundtrack. It has a very catchy hook, which only works in the songs favour, making it one of the key tracks of the record.
The instrumental track ‘Post Lux’ closes the record off, and it very much feels like the ending of something, with these longing keys being played on this very delicate bed of beauty. The song is only short lived with it only being 2 minutes, yet it puts a bow on a very positive album.
Dream Lake have created a perfect base for them to build on with their next project, this album clearly stated what their sound is and in the coming years it will be interesting to see how far the two can really push their boundaries, and see how far they can really go.
Words by Alex Wise @al4563