Good Weather For An Airstrike – Lights 7.2
Good Weather For An Airstrike remains calm. On ‘Lights’ they try to be reassuring. The snippets of audio suggest a world going on outside of the infinitely mellow music. What this appears to symbolize is the ability to handle it. Considering all the terrible things that can happen at any given moment and don’t this is a good feeling. Over the course of the album Good Weather chooses to focus on that positive aspect of life. The narrative of the album references certain faraway conflicts and enthusiasm ‘those are my brothers’ is said on ‘The King XXVI’ yet the general mood is hopeful, that perhaps an end may be in sight or a peace somewhat can be achieved.
In the first section of the album Good Weather expresses a certain level of contentment. This is shown on ‘A Quiet Day’ complete with guitar, occasional percussion, and lacks the audio clips that mark the rest of the album. ‘Storm Fronts Collide’ begins rather dramatically with a clip about the Paris Peace Accords. From there the album breaks down into its uneasy middle section. With the short clips the level of tension is increased considerably. Only with the final two songs do things begin to settle, with audio clips mostly gone as the music becomes completely smooth. Indeed in these final two pieces the sound is almost translucent.
These are comforting songs. It feels less like a series of songs than a narrative. Little details (guitar here, slight inflection there) give the sense of an ongoing story. Overall it is a strange but human approach to ambient music.