Y'know how it is; sometimes it's not by word of mouth, nor media play, it's the band's name or the album cover, hooks you in and will not let go until you've delved deeper and experienced the music. I'm glad I made the effort- (it was the name by the way)
I'm late in discovering the ambient music which Scandinavian bands are making their own; Ship of Light is an excellent example of this genre and is worth the investment. Let me explain further.
The album is comprised of hypnotic, gentle but persistent electronic music, which reminds me of a calm sea, mostly placid and relaxing but occasionally one wave rises, in this case the intensifying of electronics in conjunction with the drums, and floating through this an ethereal voice; cool, clear but not lacking in emotion; sometimes plaintive, other times thoughtful edged with anxiety or warning.
Of course being a Scandinavian they band can write and sing English far better than many UK outfits, the poetry and imagery of the lyrics being particularly powerful, conjuring up all manner of images. I would be hard pressed to single out a favourite track; `Wolf Trap Motel' is a good example of the standard though, mostly a slow, hushed and restrained instrumental, again that rising and falling of the sea, leading up to the brief lyrics describing indeed a motel where guests are free to come and go... or is that so? Will they be forever held, enthralled in this remote enigmatic location; it would be difficult to decide when reflecting upon that short almost ghostly lyrical interlude.
Captivating album, well worth the investment for a journey to evocative places.