Not long after posting my recent ode to Ester Drang, I got a note from my old friend Melissa about Native Lights, a new “supergroup” made up of members from Ester Drang and Unwed Sailor as well as a couple of other bands from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
When I first saw that line-up, I immediately thought of Circle of Birds, another supergroup that contained members of Ester Drang and Unwed Sailor. Native Lights delves into shimmery, atmospheric sounds as well, but the one track that is currently on the band’s MySpace page (“El Rosa”) has a darker, more propulsive feel to it that just instantly grabs me and won’t let go. I hear shades of Slowdive’s “Souvlaki Space Station,” Joy Division and early Cure, and hints of many other things that I love, all rolled into one.
For more info on Native Lights, check out this interview in Urban Tulsa Weekly. The band is planning to put out an actual record sooner rather than later, and based on the strength of “El Rosa,” I can’t wait to hear the results.