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ARTIST
TITLE
Lights From The Inside
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BNS 002CD BNS 002CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/2/2011

This is the third studio album from German DJ/producer Gregor Tresher. In the recent past, the producer of 2008's best-selling techno track on Beatport ("A Thousand Nights") has aspired to make music he would want to play out. While Lights From The Inside features several songs sure to find favor with Tresher's nightclub colleagues, this 12-song odyssey operates on multiple levels. Just as a painting or photograph appears to move if one stares at it long enough, with close listening, the stratified grooves and melodies assembled on Lights From The Inside reveal an organic universe of shifting sound. Meticulous attention to the latter element, melody, was of utmost concern to the Frankfurt resident. Not obvious, eight-bar earworms that would quickly exhaust their welcome, but musical lines that could repeat and intertwine in different patterns, "melodies that are more subtle and develop as you're listening." In this regard, Lights From The Inside harks back to Tresher's earlier releases, even as his aesthetic continues to evolve in new directions. Tone color was also a key consideration. Listen to the interplay of slow-moving tones and twinkling sounds on the title track, or how muted snare hits reverberate against the chilly lower registers of "Leaving." It's no coincidence that the almost-tactile crackles, clanks and pops animating the whole album sometimes recall Depeche Mode's Construction Time Again; the producer cites that 1984 classic as a long-time inspiration, alongside work by other electro-pop iconoclasts from that era. The album's play of light against darkness and its pervasive mood of melancholy, both underscored by its title, betray a more specific influence on Tresher's latest offering: The Cure's Disintegration. As on that 1989 landmark, he aspired to create an all-encompassing sense of atmosphere, as well as a comprehensive album that covered varied emotional terrain. Towards that end, specific set pieces guide the shape and flow of the record: The menacing opener "Shadow Layers"; the concise, ebullient interlude "If Only"; and "Destroy," a metallic, rumbling closer that concludes the album with an air of questions-yet-unanswered. Tresher aspires to create what another producer once sagely called "music that makes you dance and cry at the same time." With its simultaneous, synchronized appeal to the feet, head and heart, Lights From The Inside succeeds.