Formed in the small town of Llandrindod Wells in Wales, Empire of Lights is the psychedelic space indie band you never knew you needed. Pumping out a unique blend of 60s and 70s psychedelia with a smattering of modern indie rock, John Aziz (guitar, vocals), Simon Eversfield (bass, keys) and Eifion Davies (drums) are shooting to new heights. Their latest single ‘Chasing Stardust’ continues their love of space.
The song is all about humans colonising space and travelling across the universe in spaceships. The accompanying music video is a pleasure to watch and adds the visuals to the outstanding audio. Through this song, the band continues their inspirational push for people to love space.
‘Chasing Stardust’ slowly draws you in with a progressive melody that has a very space movie feel to it. This gentle and lightly psychedelic opening moves to include some classic rock guitars that are brought in wonderfully. This introduction could have caused a disconnect that would be jarring, but the band is skilful in their execution. The rock guitars remain as a driving force in the melody, but it does not lose the otherworldly vibe it has going on.
Aziz’s vocals have an epic feel to them like they cannot be contained in the realm of Earth. This matches the lyrics of the track and the galactic vibe of the entire song. There are also moments of ethereal harmonies that add to the tone of the single. Overall, there is a very 70s psychedelic vibe to the song which is reminiscent of David Bowie.
The accompanying music video is able to capture both the lyrics and the deeper message of the track. You are taken on an adventure in the video where you chase stardust and explore the greater galaxy. The use of cosmic photography is artful and the superimposing of spacecraft is a great touch.
Empire of Lights makes you want to go on an intergalactic adventure in ‘Chasing Stardust’. The track combines classic psychedelic tones with modern indie rock to propel you through the stratosphere. The music video is an artistic accompaniment to this expansive track.