Light Divide - Jon Porras
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  • Summary: The fourth solo release for the Barn Owl guitarist sees Porras moving toward an electronic ambient sound.
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Electronic
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    The result is an electronic album that sounds nothing like electronic music, and manages to relate complex, well-crafted moods with a deceptively spare sonic palette.
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    76
    A meticulous assemblage of sequencers and synthesizers, drum machines and aleatoric percussion, small beeps and tectonic booms, Light Divide refracts and then reorders moody electronic music, creating more of a mirage than a mere collage.
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    75
    With five tracks over the course of 32 minutes, it never outstays its welcome, though if you listen to it at the wrong end of the day, the overall effect may become soporific.
  4. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    There’s the requisite lack of variety that ambient records beget, but no lack of depth in the sonic department.
  5. Mar 27, 2014
    70
    All told, Light Divide is a pretty thing, transporting and enveloping and full of glowing tones. Yet even as you’re listening to it, it slips away, and when you’re done, it’s like you’ve been asleep.
  6. Mar 24, 2014
    70
    Light Divide is difficult to find one's way into--it's not welcoming, and it's not unwelcoming enough to announce itself with a metal or noise record's sense of authority.
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Cavernous drones suggesting messages from a reverberant brutalist cathedral somewhere out in the California desert. [May 2014, p.96]