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Their previous effort saw XLR8R raving "every musical note seems as carefully placed as a comma in a novel, and Maravelias' voice soars through a collection of intelligent lyrics centered on lost love." Elika's latest, Always the Light, offers the group's clearest musical vision yet: Finding a path through [Love] + [Tragedy] + [Defeat].
Always the Light places catastrophic personal events into an ocean of complex programmed rhythms a la Lali Puna and M83, with an emphasis on honey-coatedvocals and washes of distant, dreamy synths and guitars. Nowhere is this more evident than on album lead-off, the instantly hummable "Stay Beside Me," and the Curve-incarnate anthem "No One Gets Lost." Providing extra dimension to Always the Light, Elika explores more cavernous, ambient IDM-informed concepts on "Never Touch the Sky," "Waiting Room," and "All My Wishes." The many facets of Elika combine in top form with "We Had It All" â~@" soaring choruses, a celestial crescendo, and visceral electrogaze vibes done right.
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