Neon Waltz: Bring Me To Light – EP review
Bring Me To Light
Release Date: 23.02.2018
John O’Groats band Neon Waltz follow up their outstanding debut album with a new EP, Bring Me To Light.
Neon Waltz bring a shimmering intensity to the indie scene. Always memorable and accessible, their music manages to be both wonderfully baleful and catchy at the same time. Fans have already been charmed by their stunning debut album Strange Hymns and are ready for the next chapter. This has come in the form of their latest EP, Bring Me To Light. The title track is joined by three previously un-released tracks, Watch It Fade, Schoolhouse and Enlightened By A Fall. Neon Waltz themselves describe the EP thus:
‘People were patient when we took our time to get our first record just right, to us it seems only fair to give them a little extra back. The Bring Me To Light EP is, in a way, a sort of sign-off on Strange Hymns. We’re proud of what we’ve done so far and now we’re excited about the future.’
As usual, the only problem reviewing Neon Waltz tracks is finding fresh superlatives to use. The songs on the Bring Me To Light EP are no exception. Fans will already know the title track. It is a stunning anthem dedicated to doing it your own way and no other, no matter the cost.
The keyboards on Watch It Fade back the outstanding, hypnotic repetitiveness of the layered vocals. The song is soulful and very fine; the music luxuriant. Jordan Shearer’s vocals are crystalline and peerless. Music to lift you to a higher plane. Schoolhouse has a pleasing simplicity. Melancholy and heavenly, this is the truest ballad Neon Waltz have produced. As usual, they manage to make it sound effortlessly perfect.
The EP ends with a short track, Enlightened By A Fall, a slow, sparse and fittingly transcendent way to end an exquisite collection. It shows why Neon Waltz soar above many of their contemporaries.
For those unfamiliar with the band, the haunting beauty of the Caithness landscape seems to have seeped into the fabric of the music. The scenic desolation of the North-East of Scotland has endowed the bands output its atmospheric splendour, setting them aside from the bands around them within their own special niche. The six members of Neon Waltz work bring together stupendously good drums and keyboards, topped with achingly fine guitar phrases and crystal clear vocals, Neon Waltz are pure quality.
With a packed schedule of live dates currently underway, the band are touring extensively in February, March and May across the UK. If majestic, soaring indie music is your thing, you definitely need to catch Neon Waltz this year
Listen to Bring Me To Light here.
Neon Waltz current tour dates here.