Starting 2017 with a bang

Hello again! Yes, it’s been a while, and we’ve got a lot to catch up on. I’ve been a bit busy with work, establishing myself as a freelancer, and it’s all been going well. But not, with the year turned over, I’m ready to get back into posting my musical discoveries here, so I hope you’ll stay for the ride, and apologies to those of you that do follow me for being so quiet these past few months.

So I thought I’d start with a bang — a big one — and share this show by British post-rock outfit Maybeshewill.

Those of you that have been here before will know I’ve got a bit of an obsession with post-rock, and these guys have been at the forefront of that for about a decade. Sadly 2016 was the band’s last after it announced it would disband in 2015. I’m particularly gutted about this as I never managed to see the boys live, but this last show — played at London’s terrific Koko venue — is as good a substitute as I’ll get. It’s brilliant, and be sure to play it loud.

If you’d like to download it and watch it over and over again — and there is no maybe about whether or not I will do so — you can grab it from this link.

I’ll be back with more soon, and will commit to post at least once a week. Don’t forget to follow the Light + Shade Facebook page here, as all our posts go there, along with a few other random things.

Happy New Year!

Embers floating up from the darkness

It’s been almost two years since we last heard from mysterious Manchester band Embers, which is a shame, because what it produced in id-2013 was pretty epic.

This week, the quartet released some new material out of nowhere, putting track The Bitten Tongue up on YouTube. Check it out here.

While earlier material had the sweeping wall of sound normally associated with Sigur Rós and other post-rock acts, The Bitten Tongue hints at a change in the band’s direction, and is more Placebo than the previous things we heard.

Word is a whole bunch of new stuff has been recorded, and we’re likely to hear more when 2016 rolls around, which is a much shorter wait that we had to endure before.

As a reminder, here’s a live clip of the band’s previous direction. We hope it’s not entirely removed from the newer material, because as you’ll see it’s very impressive.