The band’s first album in seven years, The Light in You shows that some albums are worth the wait. The Queen of Swans is a song about the transformative nature of love, juxtaposed with images of ghosts and death, and references Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, a place where lovers or the lovelorn leave letters in the crypt. Are You Ready similarly deals with falling in love with as an otherworld experience that can only be explained in metaphor. The album is replete with the idea that love is transitory, fleeting, sad and beautiful, but its worth feeling. It’s an eerie, twinkling, intimate and introspective album. Jonathan Donahue sings lyrics to us from another world: a world that still has magic and still has the ability to stir something inside of us and make us feel something.
Originally printed in Issue #326 of the Kirkby Extra, November 2015.
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