The Lightning Year – “Endless Memory”


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The Lightning Year is the solo project of Crystal Palace-based musician Matt Bishop, who describes his alluring new track “Endless Memory” as “a brooding rumination on a one night stand that you can’t get out of your head, and the admission that this one person and one night will stay in your head forever, for better or worse.” His stylistic approach reminds me fondly of Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum — with shimmering guitar, hypnotic post-punk percussion, a patiently effervescent key/synth line, and a lead vocal melody that recalls the best ’80s anthems – all while retaining accessibility in the midst of impressive atmospheric production.

This track and “The Needle” (below), which shows off a more chillwave-y vibe, appear to be the only things out fro The Lightning Year at the moment, but I’ll certainly be taking notice.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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