Between Sunlight and Shadow is a 44-minute progressive epic divided into 15 distinct sections. The music and lyrics reflect the band's diverse influences, which include Marillion, Spock's Beard, Genesis, and many others.
A few years ago when I got Singularity's first album, _Color of Space_, I thought I was one of the very few people who had ever heard of them. In my opinion their lack of notoriety cannot be attributed to poor music -- this band's debut was a fantastic prog rock album with an endless supply of grooves and great melodies. Now there is the band's second album, _Between Sunlight and Shadow_, is an ambitious 45-minute suite split up into 15 parts. Former bassist and singer Andy Goldhawk is gone, and perhaps the difference in sound is a corollary of his departure. On the other hand, the change could have been a conscious choice, since he is credited with writing a bunch of it anyway. Compared to the upbeat, hook-filled first album (sold here at Amazon, by the way...), this is far more pensive, layered, and subtle. Although I enjoyed the music immediately, I was slowly drawn into the album's real musical depth. I would call this album atmospheric progressive rock with an edge. I say progressive rock only because that feels right to me, but there are no cheesy "prog" keyboards or zany instrumental passages that might evoke something akin to the genre. Likewise, there is no ostentatious showmanship, as the band focuses their talents for texture and mood quite effectively. The album is somber but not really dark -- to me this is good since a lot of prog artists try to address quite serious subject matter but their music is almost cartoonish and it spoils the effect. Singularity meets no such problem. They are also exemplary composers, for the album is excellently written with thematic restatements and developments for unity and emotional attachment. --amazon.com
To me, the term space rock was reserved for Dark Side of the Moon and such; that album has to be added to the genre. Singularity is making a statement here in terms of intensity because this album has the right stuff to please your cosmic appetite. From the cover to the soaring Moog lines and thick guitar power riffs, this album is sending you to a chilling trip in outer space. The moods are alterning from tranquil to full bombastic, from soft acoustic guitar melody and then propulsing you full throttle without warning. If you like new bands kicking it old school, you will find lots of Camel (Moonmadness), Pink Floyd (vocals and Dark Side atmosphere), Rush (small bits sprinkled here and there) and some thick keyboard a la Le Orme, reminding me some intense passages of Felona and Sorona. Wow and wow, and wow again. Obscure band with balls, but intelligent enough to criss cross genres and emotions. Discover, please. --progarchives.com