New Music: Variety Lights – Invisible Forest

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David ‘Shady’ Baker is best known for his work with 90s psychedelia act Mercury Rev, but the sonic ambitions of this track are dubious at best. First and foremost, Variety Lights is an experimental project in nature, and so should be approached with caution.

Even with that said, this track is an unusual choice for a free single to promote Central Flow, the new record. Much of the Variety Lights’ sound is built around the diametric of conflicting styles, and the songs live or die by this tension. ‘Invisible Forest’ takes on disco with some wailing guitars and harsh effects, and the odd melancholic vocal seeping through the mix – sadly a case of ‘should not work and doesn’t’. This is not unlistenable but it lacks the dynamic feel of his past group’s works.