Offer The Light (2006)

Noctorum Offer The Light

The second Noctorum album was an altogether longer affair. By this time my trips to Cornwall were extended as I had decided to bring The In Deep Music Archive into the recently vacated room next to Dare’s studio. This meant we had more time to work on the project and so we took it. We continued the eclectic theme purposely writing songs that were different to each other and this explains tracks such as Lover’s Head with it’s dance beat and unnerving lyric in contrast to poignancy of the homage to the bygone years of old fashioned football players in The Striker. The lyrical themes were strong on this album, one of the most appreciated songs was the last track Hopes and Fears with its romantic portrayal of love in the atmosphere of factories in Northern England. So this was an album that inquired into history, also incorporating nostalgic French film with a paean to Alain Delon. It included another pop gem in Stop Crying Your Eyes Out, a powerful rock song in Let Me Tell You A Secret and the delicate, The Muse, Already Dead brutally wrenching you way to an execution in an American prison. It was an eclectic journey inhabited by fascinating characters from all walks of life. The album coverĀ is a picture taken by Dare at the Tate Gallery in the turbine hall during his visit to the Olafur EliassonĀ sun installation in 2004. If you look closely you may recognise him. The title, well you either know where it comes from or you don’t.