"Bright Lights" Giant Cloud
Song of the Day Friday, September 02, 2011
Blurry and brilliantly lo-fi, “Bright Lights” spins to life like a half-broken carousel ride, floating along on a glimmer of electric piano and ringing guitar. It makes an appropriate introduction to Giant Cloud, a quintet that hails from Ruston, Louisiana, hometown to pioneering low-fi darlings Neutral Milk Hotel. As waves of the tune swell into a spacey climax, you’re not likely to understand many of the lyrics wrapped in the harmonized coo of co-vocalists Julie Odell and Benjamin Jones. But that hardly matters; the band’s most powerful statements come with the lustrous atmosphere they create. By the final fade, “Bright Lights” leaves a sun-dazed afterglow. -- Nate Cavalieri
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