Awhile back, we had the pleasure of featuring Those City Lights on Electric Mohawk in an effort to promote their song, “Requiem (Sophie’s Song)” and have been looking forward to new material from the group since then. This time, Those City Lights return to the spotlight with their latest offering, an album called Absconding Reality, which was released a few days ago.
The opening track, “Motionless”, evokes the ambiance portrayed in “Requiem”, and clearly establishes the direction the album gravitates: ambient, relaxing, and chill. “Caught Between Dreams and Reality” is the first full song on the album and gives the listener, or at least me, a sense of wonderment in its ambiance that makes the instrumental playlist worthy for when I am working on other projects, or working at my day job. And that’s a good thing.
“Filling in the Blanks” is a little more upbeat, but still has the underlying atmosphere and tone that is encapsulated in the entire album. Another song worth a spot in a playlist. “Requiem” is the next track featured on the album, and has been featured on Electric Mohawk in the past, so we’ll move on to “Shorelines”, which I find to be the most chill song on the entire album. The song for me is one that fits best for a late and dreary night, or a rainy day. Maybe it’s the ambiance, maybe the arrangement or piano, whatever it is, it’s wonderful.
The album is topped off with a remix of “Caught Between Dreams and Reality” that I seem to enjoy as much as the original, but for different reasons. This version is more upbeat, direct, and is a good way to finish an album.
Absconding Reality is a short, but sweet album that will keep listeners wanting to hear more from Those City Lights and will grow anxious waiting for more material from this group. The album provides a sense of wonderment and awe in its ambient and downtempo presence that is unique to most contemporary music of today.