Initially known as a producer, who has worked with countless artists, the Welsh guitarist Marc Joy began to turn his attention towards his own creative endeavors and started his own musical project, a dream pop/shoegaze rock act, Lights That Change. Their debut EP, Rainbow On Your Shoulder was released in 2013 to praise and support from the likes of BBC, Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio and others.
Within the past year, the Welsh band has gone through a complete lineup change as Mandy Clare (vocals), John Bryan (bass), Rebecca Palin (best known for her stint in Golden Fable) and Mal Holmes (drums; best known for his time with 80s synth pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) joining Joy for the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, Byzantium, which is slated for release later this summer.
“Voices,” Byzantium’s first single is gauzy and atmospheric bit of shoegaze comprised of shimmering guitar chords played through subtle washes of reverb, a steady rhythm and Mandy Clare’s ethereal vocals gently floating over the mix. And as you listen to the song you can’t help but notice the song’s lush nuance; in some way, it possesses a painterly feel – you can almost feel the painters’ brushstrokes against the canvas. Interestingly enough, the song evokes the 4AD Records golden era roster, as well as contemporary acts like Dead Leaf Echo among others but with a moody, cinematic feel at its very core.
As the British filmographer Jason Sheppard explains of his video treatment, “I listened to the track hundreds of times to get a solid feel for the music. Images fell into place in my mind and then I reproduced them on the screen. This has a lovely gothic feel to the sound but also a soundtrack theme to it. A soundtrack to your life.” And interestingly enough, the video manages to combine psychedelic and film noir imagery to tremendous effect, evoking a swooning yet very dark Romanticism.