Seattle indie-rock band, The Northern Light, led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Pollon, delivers a powerful and captivating self-titled album that showcases their musical talent and emotional depth. Influenced heavily by the 1970s-era Neil Young, this album explores themes of despair and redemption, taking listeners on a journey through introspection and self-discovery.
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The Northern Light started as a singer-songwriter-focused project for David Pollon in 2016 but has evolved into its current full band form with the addition of Kip Rondorf on drums and Carl Larsson on bass and synths. Their musical influences, which include the Meat Puppets and the “Zuma” period of Neil Young, along with hints of RUSH and Jane’s Addiction, shape their sound into a unique blend of alternative rock.
Right from the opening track, “Waiting For The Flood,” The Northern Light impresses with its tight musicianship and infectious energy. The drum sound, especially the snare, stands out and adds a driving force to the album. The riffs are fiery, delivering a big sound without becoming overly harsh. The album strikes a perfect balance between soft, introspective moments and bold, energetic performances. The band members shine individually as well. David Pollon’s guitar work and soulful vocals take center stage, supported by the solid rhythm section of Kip Rondorf on drums and Carl Larsson on bass. The chemistry between them is evident, resulting in phenomenally tight alternative rock music that resonates with the listener.
One of the standout tracks, “Sunshine in a Bottle,” showcases the band’s ability to craft catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. Pollon’s emotive vocals shine through as he sings about finding solace in the midst of uncertainty and regret. The song is an uplifting anthem that leaves a lasting impact. With each track, The Northern Light proves its musical prowess and storytelling abilities. From the driving energy of “4 Strings” to the introspective ballad “Borrowed Time,” they offer a diverse range of emotions and musical styles. The remix of “Tribes” adds a fresh perspective to the album, highlighting their willingness to experiment and push boundaries.
The Northern Light’s self-titled album was recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dylan Fant at 1-Shot Studio in Woodinville, WA. The production is top-notch, allowing the band’s raw and kinetic sound to shine through.
The Northern Light’s music resonates with listeners who appreciate heartfelt, introspective lyrics and infectious indie-rock melodies. Their ability to convey a range of emotions, from despair to hope, is a testament to their songwriting skills. With this album, they have crafted a truly stunning work of low-fi, indie rock gold. Fans and newcomers alike will be delighted to hear that The Northern Light will be embarking on a Pacific Northwest tour in July and August to promote the album. Don’t miss the chance to catch this talented band live and experience their captivating performances firsthand.
The Northern Light’s self-titled album is a must-listen for fans of indie rock and those seeking authentic, emotionally charged music. With their tight musicianship, powerful lyrics, and infectious energy, this Seattle band has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Get ready to be captivated by The Northern Light’s raw and fiery sound.
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