Album Review: Daedelus – The Light Brigade

Out now is The Light Brigade, the thirteenth album released by Los Angeles producer Daedelus via the Brainfeeder label. His music revolves around the downtempo, ambient, and the electronic genres and this album is no exception. Behind the music though is the concept of the album – a recollection of the Crimean war of 1853-56. Concepts aside though let’s get down to the basics, in short, what you can expect from this album.

The initial track begins with spoken word from Tennyson’s poem ‘Charge of The Light Brigade’ accompanied by arpeggiated organ and synth lines that build up into a wonderful crescendo which slowly disperses at its climax, thus we begin. The album is filled with a plethora of finger plucked guitars, floating light synths and haunted vocals from collaborator Young Dad. The majority of the album is very acoustic with a few heavier tracks interspersed such as ‘Tsars and Hussar’ with tt’s distorted bass,  and ‘Country of Conquest’ which is a more orchestral piece.

The use of a reverb effect on several pieces accompanied by the beautifully layered vocals gives a feeling of distance and isolation, which only adds to compliment the more dryer tracks by making them more intimate. The album has an overall melancholic ambiance with a sense of despair and loss, but despite that, you can’t help but feel lifted above all this from its overall beauty.

A wonderful piece of work

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