Under the alias A Light in the Dark, this unknown artist has at least six releases available on the Bandcamp page of this respective musical project.
With a more prosaic, progressive and occasionally almost pop sound, this album turned out to be a bizarre anomaly in the project's discography. While it is indeed exceptionally good, it's very uplifting and colorful. The fourth track, Forget the Past — in my modest opinion —, is the best; the creativity displayed on keyboard and guitar lines combine the work of both instruments in a very dynamic, rapturous and stringent cohesiveness. Despite some minor limitations, the album gets better and better from the second track onwards; in the end, while the debut album is not essential for a general appreciation of the artist's work, on the other hand, is quite fundamental to understand his musical development.
Its on this record that the artist starts to consolidate the pungent and characteristic depressive post-black metal style that would eventually become his sonorous trademark. A gracefully beautiful, sensible and expressive record, Vanished certainly is one of the most relevant, dense and marvelous works of the artist's entire discography, even if we include the releases of his other side projects.
With a pervasively soft, but at the same time pungent musical atmosphere, these three songs performed by A Light in the Dark certainly expands the diluted sonorous aphorism of the artist's increasingly dilated, but overly meticulous style. Nevertheless, the dispersive harmonies of the songs disseminate over the sensible diagram of the melodies a remarkable flavor of serenity, that gradually expands over the surface of its own gracious perception of infinity.
The two songs conceived by the artist are exceptionally delivered as marvelous anthems of lucid, reflexive and solitary grace. The cover song is also perfectly executed, and performed in a very peculiar and introspective style, that deserves to be highlighted. Displaying a majestic and virtuous musical temperance — whose melodies comes from the sorrow of distant silent shadows —, a delightfully somber atmosphere is graciously combined with frivolous and despondent, but expressive vocal sensibilites, whose final result manages to be one of the most relevant, honest and dense in the history of the genre.
The third track features the song played by A Light in the Dark, titled Uncertain. Seven minutes long, it is more direct than usual. Nevertheless, with an accessible layout — but displaying a dense structure and a melancholic atmosphere —, the song features qualities that has become distinct trademarks of the artist's musical identity.
With a marvelous atmosphere — that displays the general qualities of the project —, A Long Journey Home is an exceptional musical endeavor, that crystallizes the creative competence, the dynamic restlessness, the poetic spirit of insurgence and the technical capacity of the artist in an audacious diagram of majestic authenticity, proving why he is so relevant today for the contemporary underground scene in genres like depressive, melodic and post-black metal. With an original, expressive and very personal musical method, his passionate, diluted and somber sonorous tendencies conceives a distinct, expansive, fatalist universe of solitude, where a sentimental realm of sincere lucidity overlaps the fragile perceptions of reality, being supplanted by the gentle touch of an everlasting soul, whose hopes and disagreements will never fade away.
With a sensible and subtle touch of audacity, the artist really goes beyond the ordinary, and ventures into more introspective and placid territory. The fourth track, Follow Your Heart, is a marvelous anthem of calm and serene, but at the same time disruptive secrecy, whose discreet harmonious tonalities sets the vibe for its quiet layers of dense uneasiness. In a general evaluation, A Long Journey Home is a very majestic album, that definitely sets apart A Light in the Dark as one of the most fundamental musical projects of the underground scene, essential for the development of all these genres masterly crafted by the artist.
The song performed by A Light in the Dark is titled Let It Guide You. The third track in the EP, it is a little more than eight minutes long. With a very calm and expressive sonorous musical layout, this track is exceptionally vivacious and beautiful, though unexpectedly more serene, depressive and poetic than usual. Despite its sensible fatalist layer, the profoundly humane melancholy displayed by the somber and diluted harmonies of the song gradually converges into a fragile fugacious line of splendor, where pervasively cautious, but pungent strident vocals — followed by a serene, but graceful recitative voice, sidelined by drastically dilated guitar lines — majestically seeks the horizon of its own distinct, but everlasting singular atmosphere.
One of the most wonderful songs ever conceived by this marvelous artist, Let It Guide You is a very sentimental and poetic anthem of love and serenity, that definitely deserves wider appreciation and major recognition.
Undoubtedly, more recently developed genres like post-black metal are in great debt with artists like A Light in the Dark, and its evolution depends on the restless creativity and dynamic passion of its proponents. But for now, we already have quite a lot of excellent features to appreciate. It's impossible to know what the future has reserved for this magnificently skilled and talented artist, but we will certainly enjoy a lot of masterpieces released by him.