Fuzzy Lights + Frazer Merrick + These Are End Times

Fuzzy Lights + Frazer Merrick + These Are End Times

6th October 2022

After a hiatus of over eight years Fuzzy Lights are making a welcome return.

Burials is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album Rule of Twelfths, and the fourth album from the Cambridge-based post-folk collective. Their sound has been stripped back to its component parts, deconstructed and rebuilt under less obvious influences. There’s a bedrock of folk-rock - predecessors like Trees and Fairport Convention - but this is then built upon through multiple layers, from the stillness of Talk Talk to the orchestral chaos of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

With Burials Fuzzy Lights have cultivated these sounds and influences into something new and fresh that distances the album from the rest of the folk-rock crowd. The most striking element of these songs is how intimate they are. Lyricist Rachel Watkins has revealed a lot about herself in these seven songs, which have been written from a very personal perspective. Raw experiences have been distilled into each piece, her translucent vocals often betraying the content of the songs themselves. The album is bookended with the most personal of these. Opener ‘The Maidens Call’ reveals her loss from suffering a miscarriage, whilst album closer, ‘The Gathering Storm’ frames the rallying cry of women’s rights around how individuals must work together now, and in future generations, to destroy prejudice.

There is also engagement with humanity’s immediate surroundings and the environment. ‘Under The Waves’ deals with devastation of coral reefs, ocean resources and our natural world, and ‘Graveyard Song’ imagines the perception of time from the juxtaposed views of a yew tree and a young woman.

As scenarios, paths, and outcomes shift around us, Burials’ amalgam of glowering, intense instrumentation, timeless, weightless melody, and exactingly revealing lyricism carves a very particular path through the world. This is music that tears us away from the everyday not just as a form of escapism, but as a means of self-reflection on hardship and the strategies we develop to overcome it. It is the band’s rawest yet most accomplished statement to date.

Previous Praise “Rule of Twelfths” (2013)...

MOJO 3/5 “Gorgeous... inspired... exploratory folk somewhere between Trees and Trembling Bells.”

UNCUT 7/10 “a work that sweetly lulls the listener with delicate folk numbers before ambushing them with surging orchestral noise. It’s this contrast... that makes Rule of Twelfths so effective"

“Twin Feathers” (2010)...

MOJO 4/5 UNDERGROUND ALBUM OF THE MONTH “As hazily atmospheric as mist rolling across their native Cambridgeshire fenland.”

UNCUT 4/5 “Outstanding. A beguiling, brilliant second LP from the Fenlands band. Like the Dirty Three meeting Low with a hint of Sweet Billy Pilgrim. If they were American, the buzz would be huge already.” 

FRAZER MERRICK uses field recording, circuit bending and DIY instruments to create playful and energetic soundscapes. His latest creation is PULSAR, a synth that turns light into sound. Expect electronic minimalist soundscapes with twists of krautrock rhythms. 

When that first trumpet sounds, the world will know These Are End Times – not by a hail of fire and blood, but by the long-awaited arrival of a new album by this eschatological post-rock group. These Are End Times is a mutable collective, based around Martyn Peck, with current members in Sweden and the UK. But beyond that, little is known, as they are stubbornly averse to providing information that could be used to produce a press pack.

Never a band one could accuse of being prolific, they have recorded and released a mere nine songs over the last ten years (plus a Merle Haggard cover for the antigen Christmas Album) and their musical output has now slowed to a point where it can only be documented by time-lapse photography. Their glacial work rate might indicate they don’t necessarily believe we are living in the end of days (or that they are fashionably indifferent), but as anyone who has heard them can testify, their monolithic compositions would make the perfect soundtrack for those of us witnessing the Rapture from the ground.

Tickets £7 / £6 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm.
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