Warning Light (aka Drew Haddon) returns with “Wild Silver” which is his follow up full length to 2010’s “Further On”.
“Wild Silver” features twelve new tracks and showcases that Warning Light has definitely progressed immensely since “Further On”.
I'm not a big fan of drone but this track from Warning Light's forthcoming album Wild Silver touches enough ambient reference points to make it dreamy, rather than dull. This is another track (like Jad Cooper's here) where the picture of the sea matches the feel of the track. Last time it was sun on glittering sea. This time it is gentle swell and autumnal sea haze. The drone ebbs and flows until waves finally lap on the shore.
I've been rewatching a few John Carpenter films lately (it's that time of year, and Netflix Instant has most of the good ones), and one of the most consistently enjoyable parts of his filmography is his iconic soundtrack work. It's compelling music in its own right, capable of creating and sustaining a mood even when separated from its associated images. It's no wonder that his soundtracks have become a common reference point for the current crop of synthesizer-centric experimentalists. Warning Light's Wild Silver sounds like a soundtrack to a lost Carpenter film. Each of the twelve tracks is a cinematic miniature of textured atmosphere, with enough variety among them that the hour running time never feels excessive. "In the Tidal Break" and "The Universal Rewrite" move with an icy propulsion; other tracks like "Whispering Priest" and "High Watershed" suggest a stillness on the verge of being shattered. It's good music for a fall afternoon.