A successful, satisfying change of direction...
'Black Lights'

That ‘Black Lights’ is something of a change in direction for Samaris is understandable. Having found themselves for the first time in completely separate locations across Europe, it’s clear their respective cities have permeated the record insidiously.

Though such disparate influences might well leave an album feeling disjointed, the exact opposite can be said of ‘Black Lights’. Arguably their most accessible to date, something brought about by both a switch from Icelandic to English, and an apparent glossing over of their once-fractured electronica, it retains all of the icy, idiosyncratic beauty of their previous releases, while expanding the band’s appeal to a much wider audience.

8/10

Words: Dave Beech

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