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Lightfoils first full length ‘Hierarchy’ arrives this week via Saint Marie (vinyl / digital) and wow what an album! The Chicago-based five piece have taken the time to get it right (since the release of their 2012 debut EP). This is a much more expansive outfit, that was clear from the lead single ‘Diastolic‘.

‘Hierarchy’ shines the spotlight on Jane Zabeth’s vocals which cover a lot of melodic ground. It’s not a straight up shoegaze record but guitarists Neil and Zeeshan create the kind of textural backdrop you’d normally associate with the genre. It’s inventive work, especially on the stand outs ‘Addict’ and ‘Mock Sun’. Together they’ve crafted a mature album, intricate but not over polished. It sits somewhere in dream pop land and should appeal to indie pop/rock lovers in general.

‘Passage’ is a slow motion rocker with lovely warm reverb, the opening is a little reminiscent of The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’. It arrives at a point in the album where something different is needed and Lightfoils don’t drop the ball. ‘Track 7 (no title)’ opens with angelic sounds that blend into drone, a perfect interlude for the later half of the LP. ‘Alovetodestroy’ kicks the energy level right back up before rounding out with ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Track 10 (no title)’. It’s a great mix of energy levels and breaks for air, an album in the traditional sense. If you’re a fan of big swooning vocals and guitar haze then ‘Hierarchy’ is a no-brainer, one of the better dream pop/shoegaze records of the year so far.
Lightfoils – ‘Hierarchy’

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Lightfoils - 'Hierarchy'
Sound & Production
Reverb Rating
  • Diverse LP with wide appeal
  • Loads of melodic dream pop on offer!
3.9Overall Score
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