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What word do you use when "epic" simply isn't enough? To call Lights & Motion's fourth album Dear Avalanche epic would be an understatement. The follow-up to the act's brilliant 2015 record Chronicle, takes everything that was great about that album rips it up, rebuilds it better than it was before, and adds new layers and elements making for a powerful, expansive, haunting, driving, and stunningly epic listening experience. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Christoffer Franzen has truly outdone himself with Dear Avalanche by once again creating a masterpiece of gigantic sound, all performed by one man (minus the background vocals, which add a remarkable extra layer to the already fortified music). The truly raw and dynamic emotions that Franzen is able to invoke without uttering a single word is astonishing. This is cinematic post-rock at its finest and is a colossal tour de force of instrumental music magic that pushes the boundaries of what it means to be cinematic, instrumental, and fantastic rock 'n' roll.