Mining for Twilight marks a style departure from the previous releases by Celebrity. Contrary to Lovesick, the focus here is on shoegazing pop-rock tunes rather than loud space-rock. The new material remains dark and atmospheric, but it has a tendency to be mellower in comparison.
The first couple of tracks, “Bloodsugar” and “Motion Pictures About Love,” are just that. A somber acoustic start is pulled off extremely well, and then the musicians plug in for driving bass and soft colliding of the two guitars. Breathy singing dominates the mix on Mining for Twilight, and it’s somewhat close to the newer, more organic Depeche Mode.
“Hellbent” marks the beginning of more aggressive cuts that are reminiscent of Celebrity’s older works. Effects transform the guitars to mirror that spacey sound adopted by bands like Cave In and Codeseven. In the same vein comes “Solstice,” but with an epic touch of heavy dynamics. “Twenty-one” avoids any signs of the dreaded mid-record slump, and it is one of the most graceful and cohesive songs on here.
Lyrical content mainly expresses depression and hopelessness, emotions that complement the music. “I’m only just beginning to count the days that I’ve been dead,” comes from “Twenty-one.” “I should be happy where I’m at / It doesn’t always work like that,” off the opener “Bloodsugar.”
This release hit me out of the blue, having not paid much attention to the band’s status. Although I haven’t tested this, it seems like the perfect companion to a long drive in the night. However, if this record encourages you to sleep, I’d suggest you stick with Lovesick.