Album Reviews

Sun Glitters – Scattered Into Light

Mariah Naylor / February 11, 2014

sunScattered Into Light
Sun Glitters
Mush Records
Humidity: 75%

“Glitchy, summer obsessed, sun-drenched electronic project…” This is the first introduction fans get to Luxembourg electronic musician Victor Ferreira, also known as Sun Glitters, via his website, and there couldn’t be a more accurate way to describe his work. Sun Glitters’ production often fuses elements of pop, shoegaze, and chillwave with his dreamy melodies, and places them over relaxed beats that possess elements of minimal dubstep, pop, and hip-hop.  His latest project with Mush Records, Scattered Into Light, stays true to that sound.

On this project Sun Glitters enlists the help of Italian singer and one half of Diverting Duo, Sara Cappai to bring more dimension to the album by lending her vocals to most of the tracks. The result is a glittery, dreamy collection of songs that sounds like hugs and kisses underneath fading sunlight. In other words, it’s pleasant, dreamy, even really happy, but sometimes it can get a bit cheesy, tiresome, and a little boring. Other times there is just the right amount of layers and pulsing effects to keep a smile on listeners’ faces and have them comeback for more. It basically depends on the track.

The album’s lead single, “Closer To The Sun” sounds like an experimental version of a shoegaze song with Cappai’s airy vocals singing “You are closer to the sun,” like an apparition faintly appearing over the beat. It’s a nice introduction as to what to expect from the album, but not one of the best tracks that the album has to offer.

One of the standout tracks is “I, You, We…Know”. Though Cappai simply repeats the title over and over, the groove of the track and the manipulation of the tempo is interested enough to keep listeners engaged to the end. Another notable song is “Only You” which has some cool effects with the vocals over a wiring beat that sounds like the gentle hums of a copy machine looped. “Soft Breeze” is also a catchy track that employs a gentle saw bass with light happy, pop synth. Cappai’s vocals on top is the perfect finish. The album’s closer, “Too Much To Lose” contrasts from the rest of the album and stands out more than the rest partially because it’s acoustic and partially because of the odd sound that resembles two coins scraping together. It’s like the sunlight at end of a great sunny day, a nice closer to the album.

Other songs on the album include the album’s namesake, “Scattered Into Light” a calculated piece that sounds like a machine hard at work with all of its ticking and wiring. But if you can tune that out, maybe you’ll be able to enjoy Cappai’s vocals. The problem with this track is that elements of the beat and the vocals seem like they’re competing for the listeners’ attention. It’s not until the end of the song when the beat shifts and the vocals disappear that it becomes really enjoyable.

The album’s opener, “When The Train Comes” is a nice song overall, but there isn’t a lot about it that makes it stand out. It’s a pleasant introduction, but that’s about it. “Feeling Young” is another song that is nice and pleasant to listen to, but there isn’t much to make it memorable besides the manipulation of the tempo.

Overall, Scattered Into Light is like an average person’s good day. There are some really great moments and some okay moments, but all in all it’s still good. It’s a nice album and does a good job of showcasing Sun Glitters’ abilities.

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