This is the third album from US post-rock band Light Creates Shadow.
Light Creates Shadow’s brand of post-rock takes the style’s build/release mechanic and blends it with progressive structuring, ethereal resplendence, intricate dynamics, and a wealth of grunge influences.
The music’s main purpose is the expression of heartfelt emotion and the creation of rich emotive tapestries. In this, it succeeds well, as Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the Body is nothing if not full of affecting content that’s infused with feeling.
The songs are well-written and have striking personality. They have a sort of raw, instant-appeal impact that’s readily apparent when you first meet them, yet it is on repeated spins that the various hooks, melodies, and riffs truly come into their own.
Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the Body feels sort of timeless and old at the same time. It has a distinctive 90s feel to it that somehow sounds fresh and vibrant, as if the inventive nature of that era has been given a contemporary makeover. I’d describe this – loosely – as a mix of At the Drive In, Tool, Red Sparowes, Pink Floyd, Isis, and The Smashing Pumpkins. It might sound like a strange combination in some ways, but it works.
Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the Body is an enjoyable, personable, and idiosyncratic album. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, and is all the better for it. Light Creates Shadow have crafted an engaging and remarkable work here.