“Eat Lights Become Lights mix Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect” NME
Eat Lights Become Lights (ELBL) were formed in London in the winter of 2007 by Neil Rudd. The ELBL sound orbits around those of late 1970’s German electronica artists and more contemporary sonic explorers.
Gigging heavily since their conception, ELBL have steadily built up a reputation as a formidable live act, and the band have played numerous high-profile shows, including sold-out tours with New York electronic pioneers Silver Apples, acting as the backing band for Damo Suzuki of Can fame as well as being championed by BBC Radio 6 Music.
With the release of their debut single 'They Transmit' in May 2008, ELBL quickly gained critical praise from the likes of the NME, and record of the week slots from Manchester’s Piccadilly Records and Leeds’ Norman Records soon followed. The second single 'Klustered', released in April 2009 received a similar warm welcome. A third single 'Test Drive' was released in February 2011, the B side remixed by electronic music legends Silver Apples. The single was released on cult label The Great Pop Supplement and sold out in only 5 hours.
2014 will see the release of the 4th album, 'Into Forever'. Taking the trade mark ELBL sound Neil has ventured further into the sonic stratosphere. Soaring melodies and a more organic feel are the order of the day. Neil approached the recording of 'Into Forever' from a different direction to previous works. Spending many weeks sampling percussive elements, thumb pianos, ethnic instruments etc in order to create a more grounded musical framework to hang his melodic synthesizer parts on. Exploring a more diverse set of influences has created a more adventurous sound allowing for space to breath and adapt the music to a new found love of differing time signatures and tunings. Citing minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Moondog as big influences on the new long player Neil has produced a set of tunes that will have you accelerating to attack speed before easing back into Moog led melodic passages that are sure to please any sonic adventurer.
Their debut album 'Autopia' was also released in February 2011 and was instantly praised both in the music press and on BBC Radio.
Reviews for Autopia:
Eat Lights: Become Lights have imprinted these twisted relics of the original Krautrock era with their own seminal fluids, as if to magically take them over, to harness their still-tangible energy for their own future activities and constructions. - The Quietus 5/5
Driving yet melodic, Krautrock-referencing debut album from respected outfit, Eat Lights Become Lights - pressed on green vinyl. The group have found many fans through via previous singles for Enraptured and tours with New York's Silver Apples, Stuart Maconie among them. Enhanced by digital emulations of classic '60s compressors and EQs, 'Autopia' also folds in other influences from techno and shoegaze to create an impressively tight approximation of the original '70s Krautrock sound. - Boomkat 5/5
Record of the week – Norman Records
Record of the week- Piccadilly Records
At the start of 2011 Neil had the opportunity to live and record in Los Angeles. He stayed there for 2 years recording Eat lights music and exploring the culture. The results of his time there were over 2 albums worth of material.
In September 2012 ELBL released their second long player 'Heavy Electrics'. Recorded primarily in Los Angeles this is a more expansive record than Autopia. Gone are the processed grooves and a more evolving sound has been developed in the studio. Tracks now found their own space to grow and mutate. Minimal Moog synths give way to walls of sonic feedback and thunderous drum beats come crashing down.
Reviews for Heavy Electrics:
Q magazine 4/5
The Quietus 5/5
Piccadilly Records – Top 100 Records of the year – Number 35
Norman Records – Record of the week
Heavy Electrics is something beyond mere pastiche...an album you long to stick on the stereo as you jump in your spaceship and head out on an intergalactic road trip. – The Line of Best Fit 7.5/10
Eat Lights Become Lights mix Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect - NME
2013 saw the release of the third album 'Modular Living'. Once again the sound had evolved further still, more synthetic sounding than previous releases with heavy use of Moog synthesizers and vintage studio equipment. Fat bouncy bass lines and tight crystalline melodies propel the album ever forwards down the neon highways to leave the listener feeling, in the words of one reviewer, 'fibre optic'.
Reviews for Modular Living:
Drowned in Sound 7/10
From the analogue synthesized introduction of the title track - which could best be described as Kraftwerk being chased around Dusseldorf by a group of extraterrestrial beings - to the Eno-esque sonic flotation tank of closer 'Habitat '67', Modular Living represents a visionary and varied sonic palette befitting of its influences. - Q Magazine 4/5
Blissed out sweep evoking visions of a Blade Runner like metropolis - Flipside 8/10
Each track on the album is worth repeated listens, with each displaying many facets and enough variety to grab your attention, at least until the next album comes out.
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