Northern Lite – Back To The Roots

Northern Lite - Back To The Roots

Album facts

Release: July 13th, 2018
Label: Una Music
Genre: , ,
Discogs: Link

A promise come true

'Northern Lite' latest out­put is entitled 'Back To The Roots'. For me and I guess for a lot of old fans this is a state­ment of wet dreams come true. And yes, the album title hits the nail on the head.

And to be com­pletely hon­est and open, I had no great expect­a­tions for the new album. Because since the album 'Super Black' and also a bit of the 'Letters And Signs' phase, no 'Northern Lite' album has rocked me any more. Why I am cel­eb­rat­ing the cur­rent album 'Back To The Roots', you will learn here.

Reminiscent to those cool club beat days

The open­er 'Never Enough' gives a clear dir­ec­tion of what you can expect on 'Back To The Roots'. With a super cool club­bing beat, 'Northern lite' are lit­er­ally scream­ing that they are back. The speed is still at a leis­urely pace, but from the begin­ning, you have the feel­ing that you are listen­ing to a 'Northern Lite' classic.

'Do You Think Of Me' is some­thing of the mid-90s and can eas­ily com­pete with a 'Pet Shop Boys' club hit. A flick­er­ing noise sur­face and many dif­fer­ent and var­ied samples make the track very dynam­ic. A multi-layered track that does not sound over­loaded at any time. Perfectly oscil­lat­ing and smoothed out.

Especially the first single 'Au Revoir (feat: Die Ruhe)' is so beau­ti­ful old-school, that the track could have been on the clas­sic 'Reach The Sun' too. This is mainly due to the typ­ic­al drum beat, which every scenester can imme­di­ately assign 'Northern Lite'. It is a per­fect blend of the use of clas­sic­al ele­ments and a new inter­pret­a­tion of the very own sounds.

One of my favour­ites of this gor­geous album is the track 'Here We Go'. Here the guys from Erfurt deliv­er us a super elec­tron­ic and beau­ti­ful bal­lad. In terms of struc­ture, the tempo and the samples used are very remin­is­cent of the cur­rent 'De/Vision' album 'Citybeats'. It's simply a won­der­ful, mel­an­chol­ic Synthpop song.

Here you go, I turned to stone.
Here you go, you're not alone.
Lyrics from 'Here You Go' by Northen Lite

Northern Lite - Press picture 2018
Northern Lite – Press pic­ture 2018

Focus to break the rules

In the middle of the album we stumble on that, let's say the most exper­i­ment­al song of the 'Back To The Roots'. Pretty funky sounds and effects are presen­ted and per­formed here in a witty text, almost in a Hip-Hop style. A brave choice, but the zom­bies need to eat!

'Falling' is the 6th song on the album and starts a bit trance-like. The track has a cer­tain sum­mer vibe and flies through the air with a serene ease. The beat seems a bit mono­ton­ous, but with the right mood, you will reach your full senses here.

Already on the bril­liant album 'Super Black' appeared the ori­gin­al of 'I'm So Glad'. Now the track is reis­sued as 'Back To The Roots (BTTR) Version' and is exper­i­en­cing its second spring here. In con­trast to the ori­gin­al, the track here is less exper­i­ment­al, but there­fore with more club atti­tude. The sound is tidy, invites you to dance and DJs are look­ing for­ward to a long end beat sequence to crossfade.

Successful resuscitation

As a big 'Depeche Mode' fan, I'm always happy when anoth­er big band real­izes a cov­er. However, with the song 'Enjoy The Silence', I'm always a bit on the edge between love and hate, because this track has already been played death. 'Northern Lite' still man­ages to breathe new life into this old clas­sic. When listen­ing to this track, I finally had fun with the song again. For me one of the best cov­er ver­sions in a very long time. Respect!

'All In The Stars' plays like most tracks on the album in the mid-tempo range. This track is fully trimmed to club atmo­sphere. Whether dan­cing slowly or with a cock­tail in hand and nod­ding his head. This song offers you all the pos­sib­il­it­ies. As a spe­cial fea­ture, I would high­light the mix of gloomy mood and super cool club sound. Such a mix­ture has nev­er exis­ted in this way, I believe so far. Or do you have ever heard about the genre Lounge Gothic?

Should I buy those roots?

The album 'Back To The Roots' sounds like a gift to the fans of the first hour. 'Northern Lite' man­ages to cre­ate new and mod­ern sounds and songs, with a little touch of the cool old school atti­tude that makes the band fam­ous in the past.

Be sure to buy the new long-play­er 'Back To The Roots' if you love the albums 'Reach The Sun' or 'Unisex'. You will not be dis­ap­poin­ted. And the hard copy ver­sion also comes with a bonus CD, which includes anoth­er 8 songs. What are you wait­ing for? Buy now!

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2018‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Northern Lite - Back To The Roots
Northern Lite – Back To The Roots
Never Enough
Do You Think of Me
Au Revoir (Feat. Die Ruhe)
Here You Go
Freaks Out
Falling
I'm So Glad (BTTR Version)
Enjoy the Silence (Remastered)
All in the Stars
Old Times
Au Revoir (Club Version)
Recommend
Here You Go
Enjoy the Silence (Remastered)
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
4.1
Club clas­sic

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Never Enough
Do You Think of Me
Au Revoir (Feat. Die Ruhe)
Here You Go
Freaks Out
Falling
I'm So Glad (BTTR Version)
Enjoy the Silence (Remastered)
All in the Stars
Old Times
Au Revoir (Club Version)
Final Score