21 Jan 2018

Many of you will have become familiar with headlines such as ‘listening to too much Christmas music is bad for your health’ which sprung up on social media over the festive period. Nevertheless, whether it was through habit by association, experiencing that warm conviv...

8 Jan 2018

Rowan Harris takes a look at first light's dark, ethereal dreampop quartet Dream English Kid.

The new year is finally upon us; millions of us have made hollow promises in an indifferent obsequiousness to tradition known as a ‘resolution’. Yet amidst this frivolous festi...

10 Dec 2017

Rowan Harris explores the releases that stood out to him in November. 

Robert Haigh – Creatures of the Deep

It was once assumed that the deep would be sparsely inhabited - a natural corollary of the absence of light. As products of visucentric societies, it is often diff...

8 Nov 2017

It was in 1980 that the term ‘Fourth World’ entered the musical lexicon. A collaboration between Jon Hassell and Brian Eno resulted in the production of Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, an album which pioneered the subsequent syncretic approach to ‘World Music’....

29 Oct 2017

Each month I will be discussing a new release which wouldn’t necessarily make it onto my playlist but has nevertheless caught my attention.

Ales Tsurko – Microscale

January saw the release of Brian Eno’s Reflection, a generative one-track album and app accompaniment. Not...

18 Oct 2017

Cinema Within – Silhouettes


Cinema Within is the solo-project of Mirza Begovic, also a member of the post-rock band Gullwing, of the Tampa Bay area. As an alias like his suggests, his music provides precisely those moments of soul-sweeping introspecti...

11 Oct 2017

Porter & May are a four-piece hailing from Preston and the newest addition to the first light group. Now with 2 EPs under their belt and having previously supported acts such as The Blow Monkeys, Lake Komo and The Rifles, the band is currently rounding up their own UK-...

4 Oct 2017

Hot on the heels of his debut LP, First Light reveals its first signing, Manchester-based producer and visual artist Ben Pearson, A.K.A Espher.

Described as a ‘superb introduction’ and ‘intense yet sonically beautiful’ by Clash Music in 2014, formative EP Insular saw Pe...

2 Oct 2017

LTO – Storybook

Delicate piano melodies constitute the beating heart of LTO’s inorganic soundscape. Yet while nebulous machine whirs and glitches herald a sterile and desolate future, the albums organic component remains refreshingly resilient in ‘rise’ – the thunderous...

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