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Relentless Review: Lane 8 – ‘Brightest Lights’

There’s no doubt about it that Lane 8 makes absolutely beautiful music, the kind of melodic music that will 9/10 times succeed in making you cry. The Denver-based producer has been working on his latest project, his third full-length album entitled Brightest Lights. After months of building anticipation and dropping singles, Lane 8 finally released the project in its entirety and it was so worth the wait.

Straying slightly from his iconic trance-inducing deep house sound, Lane 8 opts for more vocal-heavy, progressive arrangements in this album, a far cry from the synth-heavy melodic style present throughout his 2018 Little By Little. 

Kicking off Brightest Lights is the dreamy and uplifting “Groundhog Day,” the track most reminiscent of Little By Little stylings. Next comes “Road” with Arctic Lake, the perfect road trip anthem. Three previously released singles follow, including “Just,” “Brightest Lights,” and “Sunday Song,” which all left us stunned upon initial release.

“Shooting Arrows,” one of three collaborations with POLIÇA, is made up of delicate vocals, creating a melancholic, yet bittersweet sound. “Yard Two Stone” with Jens Kuross and “The Gift” follow, both as bright and shiny as when originally released. “How Often” highlights Kauf’s soft-spoken vocals atop a light, driving beat, followed by “Howling Hand,” one of the few fully instrumental tracks on the album.

“The Flood” with Nevve stands out stylistically on the album as a progressive house tune. With a sweeping crescendo “flooding” out Neeve’s vocals, the track drops into an unexpected simplistic melodic line. Another previously released track comes next in the form of the beautifully melancholic “Don’t Let Me Go” with Arctic Lake.

Rounding out the album is “The Rope” with POLIÇA, leaving listeners with a sense of warmth and contentment, two emotive sensations that radiate throughout the entire album. This was ultimately Lane 8’s goal, as he indicated on social media with the album’s release. “I made this album in the hopes that it would bring a little joy into your life in these crazy times. I hope in some small way I’ve accomplished that goal,” said the artist.

Lane 8 did indeed accomplish that goal. Don’t miss your chance to see Lane 8 on his Brightest Lights Tour. He’ll be stopping in Phoenix on February 8th at The Van Buren. Click here for tickets.

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