Fuzzy Lights/ Twin Feathers
Cindy Suzuki checks out the "strange musical vision of husband and wife Xavier and Rachel Watkins"
(Little Red Rabbit)
Resting on the strange musical vision of husband and wife Xavier and Rachel Watkins, Fuzzy Lights make for a bold and poetic musical brew.
The album starts off with a tragic aura: ‘Fallen Trees’ rides minor-key Celtic violins and Rachel’s whispered vocals to create a feeling of post-traumatic peace. Later, ‘Lucida’ makes use of a mournful accordion to position the listener in Venice on a rainy day, while ‘Shipwrecks’ drones ambiently behind a soft croon – it’s similar in tone to an iLiKETRAiNS composition, or perhaps Mazzy Star.
This isn’t strictly a depressing album: there’s also a sense of healing and grace to the songs, and a rare kind of quiet dignity.