When two forces behind sprawling, languid space-rock textures combine, the result is surprisingly more cohesive than cavernous. Native Lights builds on its members’ alma mater programs: the expansive post-shoegaze of Ester Drang and the shiny, instrumental pomp of Unwed Sailor. Fast forward to the 2010s — a decade whose trigger finger shies away from relaxed tones and luxuriously subdued vocals — and this amicable coupling promises diversity and divergence on their debut (self-titled) LP. The record begins with crunchiness boxing against cleaner textures, a bout which eventually explodes in favor of the latter mood. Native Lights has delivered an experience that volleys between the massive and the mellow, but neither dynamic threatens to overextend its glow.
Native Lights will be available via Passive Recordings on March 17. Pre-order options include a vinyl configuration limited to 300 copies on black wax. And alongside a standard CD issue, the release will be pressed on chrome black cassettes, the first pressing being limited to 50 copies.