While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, a better point of reference for Ten Thousand Hours might be Smashing Pumpkins, circa Siamese Dream.
Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid's upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group's latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath's vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there's a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.
Premiering on PopMatters, Spotlight Kid's Ten Thousand Hours is due out on Saint Marie on 11 March.