Light Thieves – “Spirit Homes” (July 5th, 2013) | Album Review by Conor Miles ( 90.7 KFSR )
Light Thieves’ Spirit Homes is a pacing, cosmic colored pulse laced with ambient interludes and tempo changes not for the faint of heart. Fronted by Fierce Creatures Joel Melton and Mike Adame, this is the band’s first full length endeavor.
Joel’s distorted shoegaze pedal work meets Mike’s spacey synth at the crossroads of psychedelic and progressive. “Check Out, Switch On” and “Most Common Themes” are prime examples of the electric nature of their trading cascades of chords and wails.
At the core of its solid, driving tempo and intricate rhythms are Erica Najera (The Notones) on bass and Kaleb Saldate (Actress, Natural Thrills) on drums. Erica holds down fuzz fueled bass lines that grip tight to Kaleb’s beat, rooting songs like “Crystal Maps” to a heavy motive. Her lines are an omnipresent gravity, tethering songs like satellites with hooks and motives. Throughout the record, Kaleb’s phrasing is something like a secret ingredient- distinctly unique, multi-layered, and powerfully constant. His airtight playing evolves in detail and creates patterns that are refreshingly uncommon.
At the end, we hear Mike croon, “Just give it a holy sound, you make it seem so natural.” Well Mike, like the book says, ask and ye shall receive.