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And of course, since it was titled "Act I", I wondered if there were other albums and, sure enough, there are - Act II: The Blood and the Life Eternal and Act III: Love Will Ruin (Part 1). I didn't wait for someone to gift me the other two. I bought them and obsessively listened to all three.
I realized today that here we are, a year later, and I'm still listening to them.
Sure, I listen to other stuff. In fact, I like all different kinds of music, and my iTunes list reflects it. But I kept gravitating back to these three albums and, if I had to guess, I would say I've listened to them at least once a week, every week, for the last year. I won't go so far as to declare "that album saved my life" as people often do, but I can tell you, this music definitely soothed my heart, the way "music soothes a savage beast". (And yes, I know I just referred to my heart as a savage beast. What can I say? It's been a rough year...)
I want to recommend the albums to you, but I find I'm struggling to describe the musical style. I've heard the band described as everything from alternative-rock, pop, pop rock, indie, and ethereal-alternative. I suppose it all depends on which song you are listening to. The music can be quiet and moody one minute, then it can rock hard with a good beat the next minute. It is introspective, and a little bit goth, but still life-affirming; it can be very sweeping and cinematic but also very tender and intimate. The songs know how to breathe. I know, the more I try to describe it, the more scattered the style sounds but, trust me, it works.
|Photo courtesy of NeverendingWhiteLights.com|
But I have to warn you, there's an unfortunate side-effect to listening to these albums. If you're like me, it spurs you to hunt down, sample, and purchase music from the other bands or artists he collaborates with. Not a bad way to discover new music (just budget your money accordingly).
It was hard to pick just one song to feature here, but I always seem to come back to this particular video - "The Grace" from Act I. I think my steampunk lords and ladies will appreciate the Victorian flair. Enjoy!
Footnote: The title of this article is a lyric taken from the Neverending White Lights song "The World Is Darker".