Clandestiny-Songs of Light

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Clandestiny’s “Songs of Light” is not an album to be taken lightly. There is a lot going on here: Former band mates and their parents making guest appearances, ethereal sound-scapes, layered vocals…There is so much going on that you really need to listen to it multiple times. Every time you listen to a track, you discover something new.

Clandestiny (a moniker used by Matt Duplessie) has always been known for these qualities. Even his first serious effort in 2008, “The Introspective Year” was full of the very same qualities as “Songs of Light”. The difference between the two is the vast leaps in song-crafting, and use of melody. Where “Introspective” was a little less accessible, there is something for everyone on this new effort. While Matt isn’t afraid to fill your headphones with industrial synths, the next track can be a beautiful acoustic lullaby. The production is out of this world. This doesnt sound like your run of the mill indie release. It’s full and lush, and at no point does lack of production take you “out” of the experience.

Lets get on to some of my personal favorites.

The first is Eden feat. Crista Garcia & Lucia Garcia. Former band mate Lucia (Word of Mouth/ Electric Grandma) and her mother, Crista lend vocals to this track and the results are both positive and haunting. You’ll find that Matt has quite the knack for weaving darkness and light seamlessly in his songs. Once again, there really is something for everyone in this album.
The next highlight of the album is the amazing O.E.A.O.E.I.I.O.A. (Stand By Me). Ever wondered what the classic “Stand By Me” sounds like in a minor key with inspired vowel chanting in the background? I never wondered either, but the result is brilliant. Matt once again blends such a myriad of influences that the end product comes out to be something truly unique.

Lastly, I have to mention the title track: Songs of Light. For me, this was the big highlight of the album. I was instantly blown away by the constantly moving piano accompaniment the starts the song. The song continues to build, adding guitars and drums, as well as great vocal harmonies. Then a fantastic distorted guitar solo ala’ Muse. Really, it doesn’t get much better than this. This is epic music, on an epic scale.

In closing, I think that’s the best way to describe this album. It’s epic. Every song on “Songs of Light” comes across as huge, and the immediacy and desperation that the sounds lend to the ear, make it one big build up. You can download the album at: https://clandestiny.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-light.

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