The Northern Light – ‘The Northern Light’


Seattle-based band The Northern Light present a rousing rock sound on their self-titled album. The release’s first two tracks grabbed our ears in the months prior, firmly putting us in anticipation mode; “As Stars Burn” and “Waiting for the Flood” both epitomize the act’s knack for timeless-sounding rockers with escalating satiation.

The five other offerings prove equally stellar. The blaring guitars within “Sunshine in a Bottle” exudes a triumphant feeling, as vocals proclaim “I’m in love with what comes next.” Musing about the missing pieces to a complete puzzle, the track stirs in its lyrical ruminations and steady rock glow, also showing a fond reminiscence to Neil Young in the vocal tone. “Borrowed Time” struts an initial mystique, depicting a voyage into the unknown. Heavier guitars during the “you can live your life,” hook invigorate, with lyrics capturing the feeling of life “closing in,” amidst pressures.

The Northern Light’s self-titled album meets the lofty expectations of prior singles, offering up a melodic sound ranging from the soaring guitar frenzy in the second half of “Borrowed Time” to the contemplative spaciousness of “Sunshine in a Bottle.” Look for them on a Pacific Northwest tour throughout July and August.

“Borrowed Time” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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