A couple of years ago, I managed to catch Milagres open for Low at the Bowery Ballroom and I was impressed by their sound, a sound that I described as being based around stunning sense of harmony with earnest, plaintive lyrics and vocals, along with catchy hooks and melodies. However, if there was one difference it was that Milagres’ sound at the time had a muscular insistence where Low’s sound was much more delicate. But no matter, I fell in love with the sound of Milagres debut effort Glowing Mouth and the band’s debut effort was critically applauded across the blogosphere.
Their much-anticipated sophomore effort, Violent Light is slated for a February 25th release through Kill Rock Stars Records, and the album is a decided change in sonic direction. Starting off with chiming gongs, swirling electronics, layers of humming synths and plaintively nostalgic vocals and lyrics, the song bears an uncanny resemblance to Simple Minds and to late 70s to early 80s David Bowie in the sense that it has a sweeping, dramatic feel and the track just shimmers – as though polished to a clean shine, like you’re hear on the album’s first single “Jeweled Cave.” I think of “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” and of “All The Thing She Said.”But it’s also one of the funkiest songs Milagres has done to date.