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Titling an album is always a tricky endeavor. You donít want to get too cute or clever with it, or people might disregard the music entirely. But you definitely want a designation that is memorable, while ultimately encapsulating the mood and spirit of the record itself. Bradford-based seven-piece Laboratory Noise got the title absolutely letter-perfect on their stellar debut, When Sound Generates Light, as the record is simply packed with stirring, entrancing tones that give rise to a dazzling and distinctive radiance, simultaneously blinding you with its brilliance while also charming you with its subtle allure. Sure, the shoe-gaze template the band is artfully cribbing from is well-worn by now, but they bring a fresh, modern twist to the noise-pop of MBV and the like, imbuing their songs with an ethereal intensity that allows these seductive songs to soar untethered and untamed.
The songs on When Sound Generates Light are sprawling and forceful, but have a focus and a refinement to them that belies the relative youthfulness of the band. And with an effort as consistently innovative and gratifying as this, Laboratory Noise are most assuredly a group on the rise, bound to turn their prodigious sound into much more than just a radiant blaze of lustre.