Elements of Light


Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Jun 4, 2013
    With a warmth uncommonly found in Weber’s work, Elements Of Light emerges as a real triumph.
  2. The Wire
    Feb 28, 2013
    The results are at times brazenly brilliant. [Mar 2013, p.65]
  3. 70
    Aptly an entire side-project, rather than a one-off on the electronic producer’s next album, the idea is fully fleshed into a discovery of solid notes.
  4. Feb 1, 2013
    The extroverted, joyful melodies of Photon or the sustained brilliance of Spectral Split seem like brilliant recontextualisations of Weber’s artistic virtues.
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    As a whole, Elements Of Light might feature a fair amount of padding, and it might not be quite as original sounding as the idea would suggest (other than the aforementioned Bjork comparison, there are more than a few moments that recall Aphex Twin at his more contemplative), but even so it does offer more than enough to satisfy as a listening experience, rather than just a curiosity.
  6. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2013
    Fusing techno with campanology is a bold aim on paper; in practice it's a revelation. [Feb 2013, p.91]
  7. Jan 17, 2013
    The musical ideas here will be readily familiar to anyone who has heard Pantha du Prince's work before.
  8. Jan 17, 2013
    This five-part suite expertly blurs boundaries between Weber's sequenced beats and the florid, cascading melodies of the carillon (played expertly by Vegar Sandholt).
  9. Elements of Light ultimately feels like a stop off between Black Noise and whatever Pantha Du Prince has waiting on the horizon.
  10. 80
    'Spectral Split' is the pick, 17 minutes of tropical marimba, but the seamless whole is a joy, locking you in as you float downstream.
  11. Jan 15, 2013
    While each movement works on its own, Elements is best experienced in one long pass.
  12. Jan 15, 2013
    Weber's creative theoretical and instrumental approach is unique, but the abrasive and connotative tonal qualities of the carillon often overshadow the colourful subtleties of the finer details of his delicate arrangements.
  13. Jan 14, 2013
    Elements of Light begins and ends contemplatively, letting metallic tones shimmer and sustain.
  14. Jan 11, 2013
    Pantha du Prince has gone one further and created a piece of music that soothes and entices even the most impatient of modern ears.
  15. Jan 10, 2013
    The melodies' stoicism seems to reflect much of the empty, brutal beauty of modern life.
  16. Uncut
    Jan 9, 2013
    Weber masks the scale of the enterprise with typical grace. [Feb 2013, p.77]
  17. Jan 9, 2013
    This isn't a record to dip into, but an absorbing, cerebral and often funky trip.
  18. Jan 9, 2013
    Here, there's a sense of picking at a strand of inspiration and seeing how it flows toward a form of endgame, albeit one that still prickles with possibility.
  19. Jan 9, 2013
    An album based on the carillon, a peal of bells played using a keyboard similar to a church organ, fused with gentle synth phrases, motorik rhythms.

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