CME Sessions: Spotlights | Live At Chicago Music Exchange

Ipecac Recordings trio Spotlights cuts through the noise to talk about their favorite gear, bought or borrowed, in this CME Session.


From Ipecac Recordings:
“Three years ago, we were just playing tiny local shows, and all of these crazy things have happened since,” he smiles. “It’s an interesting story to us, because we’ve never had a gimmick or a hook. What sets us apart is the music. We try to bring different worlds together in a way that’s as original as possible. We know the specifics of how it happened, but we don’t really know why.”

The group’s 2019 third full-length, Love and Decay, may indirectly offer an answer. This time around, Spotlights once again personally handled production, working out of a tiny Brooklyn rehearsal space. However, for the first time, they enlisted the talents of drummer Chris Enriquez behind the kit on the entire body of work rather than a combination of Mario and guest performers.

Sonically, the group further canvased new territory. Whether it be the hummable guitar lead peeking through trudging grooves on “Until The Bleeding Stops” or the ghostly pop chorus of “Particle Noise,” they ascend to a tipping point between volumetric riffing and blissful melodies. “Xerox” bears a sense of delicate intimacy within the delivery. Meanwhile, the first single “The Age of Decay” crescendos towards an emotionally charged harmony colored by shimmering keys and bright guitars before off-kilter riffs seesaw back-and-forth on the bridge.

Check out more CME Sessions:
John R. Miller - "Borrowed Time" | CME Sessions: https://youtu.be/8XQNFN6POAk
Mdou Moctar | Live at Chicago Music Exchange | Full Session: https://youtu.be/9juVkImV0jk
The Tallest Man on Earth | Live At Chicago Music Exchange: https://youtu.be/W1PoiyRFrUI

Songs played in this video:
00:00 - 04:30 "Part II" - Spotlights
08:33 - 13:51 "Until The Bleeding Stops" Spotlights
15:32 - 23:19 "Part IV" Spotlights

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