The Elusive Post-Rock Of In Light Of and Their ‘Little Treasures’.

In Light Of – Toronto/Ottawa, Canada.


I’ve always thought of Post-Rock as one of those hidden gems of the music world, one that has always been in some close proximity but still on the whole elusive, used as a soundtrack or background music for something meaningful or relaxed.

The genre has increased in popularity in recent years with more and more becoming available via the wonders of the internet and even the resurgence of vinyl records.

Together known as In Light Of, Jason Greenberg and Sandy Johnston despite the beautiful EP you are about to hear about and sample, wrote the tracks kilometres apart, with one based in Toronto and the other in Ottawa, only coming together with their assorted pieces for the final product.

The final product being of course being this collection of uplifting, dulcet yet playful ambient Post-Rock with a slight flare of Indie music on its guitar tone and rhythm. Even from the first track I knew was on to something stunning.

In all honesty, I am finding it hard to select individal aspects of this EP, track by track and within the compositions themselves. The high-pitched twang of the guitar lends the atmospherics you come to expect from the genre and the tin-like percussion actually progresses rather than hinders the sound, parring perfectly with the almost floating guitar melodies.

The latter parts of ‘Bless your Heart’ after the prolonged build up soar before the tone is brought down for the anticipation to begin again for ‘Cardinal Song’, which stands as one of the best on the release.

It is at this point on the release that you begin to hear more of the Folk influence on the band’s sound, albeit only slightly but effectively enough nonetheless in this amalgamation of musicality and musicianship. The next in-line ‘Little Treasures’ similarly leans this way but also presents something slightly different at this half way stage, parading itself as the all important title track.

Something that the Post-Rock afficianados will certainly notice is the length of the songs. Despite each track seeming like a tall tale, the longest in duration clocks in at under five and a half minutes, which is comparatively short for the genre.

‘Ascending’ is another break in formula with its soft vocal work and far more prominent bass and percussion following a far more rhythmic angle and then slowly fading into the final notes of Little Treasures, ‘Harmonico’.

Again commenting on the duration, despite going into this release expecting songs no shorter than eight or nine minutes, having been greeted by five shorter songs surprised me. Some of the bigger names of the genre may well write chronicles of sound but that isn’t the way for In Light Of and thats just fine.

Find the elusive and below:


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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