Upon first listen, it might seem strange to call there is light in the body, there is blood in the sun a devotional album. But in many ways, that’s exactly what it is: each song is an altar woven from tapestries of minor chords, voices, delicate drones, and violent sprawls of sound, offered up to house the haunting presence of a hidden god. Though the lyrical themes and obsessive delivery of the songs provides the album with a sense of unity, musically and tonally, its constituent moments are quite unique: from the ghost-town drone of “nida,” to the strange Appalachian shamanism of “wounded stag,” from the tidal beauty of “blackbird” to the blackwater surf reverberations of “king winter,” there is light… finds LUX INTERNA exploring territory only hinted at by their previous releases. For although their earlier material was often associated with the genre of neofolk, there is light… evidences a dramatic musical shift marked by a heavier, more ritualistic sound. The songs here incorporate electric instruments, violin, viola, loops and percussion and are haunted by flourishes of ghostly banjo and resonant finger-style guitar. And with intimations of the blues, folk music, and old-time country weaving seamlessly into passages reminiscent of post-punk, neofolk, or even doom, LUX INTERNA seem to articulate a hazy vision of some long-lost American spirit - a spirit that appears here in a dark form, no doubt, but which may just hint at the promise of light, hidden within its deep shades of night.
Artist edition LP by Pesanta Urfolk/Samaritan Press. Shipping soon.
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Watch the music video for Wounded Stag here