Album Review: Different Light – Binary Suns (Part 1 – Operant Condition)

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Band: Different Light | Album: Binary Suns (Part 1 – Operant Condition) | Genre: Progressive rock | Year: 2020

From: Prague, Czechia | Label: Progressive Gears

For fans of: The Flower Kings, Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Glass Hammer

Buy: Bandcamp

For as much as I disparage the 1990s as progressive rock’s dark ages, there were some genuinely excellent albums from that decade. The few bands that did put out good music in that era—acts like Spock’s Beard and The Flower Kings—had a distinct sound that, when put to strong compositions, could stand alongside the prog giants of yore. With the rise in popularity of heavier prog acts in the early 2000s (think Porcupine Tree and The Mars Volta), the relatively lush sounds of the ‘90s became much rarer. That’s why I was surprised to find such a ‘90s-sounding album being released in 2020.

Different Light aren’t just aping that old sound; they were formed in 1994, but they disbanded after just one album. They re-formed in 2008, and Binary Suns is their third album since that reunion. The overall sound on Binary Suns is lighter and lusher than most acts in the contemporary scene. Piano is the dominant instrument, and synth pads tie everything together. Continue reading “Album Review: Different Light – Binary Suns (Part 1 – Operant Condition)”