Eat Lights Become Lights was formed in London in late 2007 by Neil Rudd, who writes, records and produces the music.
From the chiming opening of Modular Living's title track, it's evident that this is an Eat Lights Become Lights classic in the making, the synthetic surfaces yet more highly polished and gleaming like the chrome fins of a streamlined rocket ship on its ascent to the heavens.
A sense of unstoppable forward motion into a crisp, bright tomorrow ripples throughout the album, even when kicking back into the languid electronics of a track like “Rowley Way Overlook,” whose hazy calm speaks of low-gravity stasis as humanity migrates gently to the stars.
At moments when the pace steps up, to the frenetic rhythms of “Elektromagnetika” or as “13th Looking South” unfolds like an endless desert highway, there's no doubt that this album will liven up its listeners' day, whether exploding live onstage or purring away beneath the dashboard.
In a modern musical landscape packed with devotees of that science fiction future, it's good to know that Eat Lights Become Lights have done the research at the source, and that Neil Rudd has put not just the time but his very heart and soul into the music which expresses his utopian belief in better things yet to come, tinged with a nagging concern that dystopia is never too far away.
released 12 November 2013
All music written, recorded, mixed, produced and re-mastered by Neil Rudd