Go Farther in Lightness

Gang of Youths - Go Farther in Lightness
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2017 Ratings: #37
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It's an emotional experience because it insists on providing a response to moments of uncertainty; it draws up blueprints for the future instead of pacing around the waiting room. The planning, the purpose, the urgency -- it's all immediately obvious in the music, which is a concept often understated in its importance.

Gang of Youths’ Go Farther In Lightness is an underrated indie-rock masterpiece. While keeping with the emotional pathos and complex song-writing of their debut, it is also heavier in sound and much more emotionally immediate. While The Positions opens with the slow-burn of “Vital Signs”, Lightness opens with “Fear and Trembling” which, though opening with a short piano intro, soon bursts into the surge of Arcade Fire-esque indie rock energy that would also carry ... read more


my old review of this is cringe, ignore it lmao

This album, for me, is the epitome of what it feels to be human. Gang of Youths' GFIL record is such a beautiful masterpiece of what it means to be human that just listening to it makes me feel like everything is going to be okay (and some tears, few tracks here hit me in the gut bro). Nothing mind blowing happens that I think changes the tide in the indie-rock scene, but this Australian band just takes this endearing, bright light of hope and ... read more


I think this album works best when listened to in parts or phases. It's got a lot of great elements at times, but struggles with having too much to share at once and not enough distilled down. I can't see myself revisiting the album, but I can see myself going back to certain songs.


Go Farther In Lightness has to be one of the most beautiful albums of all time. Everything in the track list works so well together creating a majestic journey.


This is not something you listen to every day. But when I come back to this album in the future, I sure as hell know that it will reproduce one of the most sound and lyrically provoking indie rock albums I've ever heard. You'll never hear any of these songs on the radio, but sitting down and listening to it really brings out the beauty in this album. What a philosophical trip!


I think there's something about Australia being upside down that makes them pretty good at music.

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Track List

  1. Fear and Trembling
  2. What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?
  3. Atlas Drowned
  4. Keep Me in the Open
  5. L'imaginaire
  6. Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
  7. Go Farther in Lightness
  8. Achilles Come Down
  9. Persevere
  10. Le Symbolique
  11. Let Me Down Easy
  12. The Heart Is a Muscle
  13. Le Réel
  14. The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
  15. Our Time Is Short
  16. Say Yes to Life
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Added on: August 22, 2017