Ten Million Lights
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Ten Million Lights

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States
Alternative Shoegaze

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Lovers of shoegaze, dream pop, and '80s-'90s guitar rock will hear pleasingly familiar sounds on this album, but 10ML adds a compelling, upbeat dance sensibility to their familiarly gauzy, atmospheric melancholy and layers of guitar infused with subtle dissonance. The result is bliss-rock ambience with irresistible pop hooks. All of that is threaded with gorgeous ethereal melodies and male/female vocal harmonies. Entirely self-recorded and produced, this album is a testament to the DIY aesthetic and what can now be accomplished with home audio recording technology. This is a band to watch. - Baker & Taylor, CD Hotlist


Ten Million Lights is new band out of Portland that combines shoegaze guitars, male/female harmonies and trip-hop beats and that's somewhat reminiscent of School Of Seven Bells or M83 - but much noisier, at least as far as this single we are streaming is concerned, which almost sound like some kind of industrial shoegaze (interesting combination!). The band's debut record came out a couple of weeks ago. - The Deli Magazine


Ten Million Lights just released their debut self-titled, self-recorded, drummer-less album, and it sounds like it’s not a debut, produced in a studio, and with a drum…well, a good drum machine. But no, programmer/guitar Eric Block and the band decided to put their money towards publicity. Good move.


10ml’s panned mix of Emily Logan’s caramel vocals and Ryan Carroll’s ashtray mouth resonates over eerie, well-layered guitars, but the metronome hi-hats make this release perfect for driving through the crisp Willamette breeze of autumn. “Kill Yr Idols”, 10ml’s single, is a total departure, a nod to the mascara-caked alternative scene of the 90s. “Kill Yr Idols” provided the opportunity for Logan’s voice to develop inside her chest – a smoky, full-bodied pour of elixir lips. I found it quite refreshing that I was enjoying a dance song that relied little on synthetic instruments, but mostly on cutting, angular chords.

In each song, 10ml reminds that you they have preserved the organic nature of their album. Though they may have a drum track that is never homeless or late to practice, a keyboard only quietly weaves through blades of guitar lines carefully written to match the mood and direction in this release akin to the last call in the alleyway bar. - Northwest Adventures in Audio


Ten Million Lights is a new act commanding attention amidst the buzz of the Portland music scene. Combining the musical inspirations of Ryan Carroll, Eric Block (both formerly of Saturna) and Rose City newcomer Emily Logan, Ten Million Lights fuses the best parts of T-Rex-style psychedelica, beat-heavy 1990's electro-rock, and a uniquely Portland DIY sensibility. The outcome, with alternating male-female vocals in tight harmony with distorted guitars and programmed beats, is dreamy, energetic, and nothing short of a revelation. Don’t take my word for it, though – download their first single “Kill Yr Idols” for free and find out why tonight’s release show for their self-titled debut album demands your attendance. - Just Out


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technology has made our lives easier. but has it made our lives any better?

ten million lights -- 10ml, if you will -- wouldn't exist if not for giant strides made in home audio recording technology. (ok, 10ml might exist without firewire, core audio, flash drives and whatnot, but it would sound completely different.) and just to show exactly how much we love technology - we're going live without a drummer.

ryan and eric started this project after our last band, saturna, burned out. we had a good run. we had the amazing opportunity to tour with bob mould (!!) in 2008. we licensed songs to tv shows. we got to play a ton of shows in portland and seattle, and we made trips to SXSW and NYC. but sometimes these things come to an end. and when they do, it's really valuable to stop and take a breath. think about some lessons you might have learned. think about how you might do things differently next time. that's what we did, and that's how 10ml got started.

technology enabled us to sketch out song ideas in their earliest forms, and take our sweet sweet time tweaking the sounds and the textures. the possibilities are infinite. paralyzing, really. that's half the reason why this took so long. thanks to technology, we're able to fuse together some of our favorite aspects of 80s/early 90s UK guitar rock along with the sensibilities of some of our favorite current records. it's not an homage to kevin shields or daniel ash or whomever. it's just us figuring out how to create a certain ambiance and mood, and set it all off with (we hope) memorable pop hooks.

under different circumstances, it's entirely plausible that we would still be taking turns uploading snippets of song ideas and different mixes back and forth to each other. we were on that cycle of paralysis by options. thankfully, we met emily. she moved to portland in 2009 from san francisco because she heard that we have bitchin' food carts and people to pump your gas for you. she has a wonderful voice, she's about as sweet as a peach, and she liked what we were trying to do. we asked her to sing on a song. and so she did. she sang on all of them, in fact, and it was declared "awwwwesome" by all involved. thus, the 10ml duo became a trio.

we could feel some momentum. so we set and missed some arbitrary deadlines. we set a goal for releasing a cd, and we did everything we could to make it sound like it wasn't recorded in our bedrooms and basements. then we called it done, because dammit, we had a deadline. timothy stollenwerk mastered it beautifully. now we have boxes of CDs in our living rooms. which is funny, because, y'know, you're just going to download it instead.

we figured out how to translate the whole laptop drums thing for the purposes of playing live, and we began rehearsing. we've spent the last few months tweaking things here and there. we've got this website and a press kit and a myspace page and all the things that bands are supposed to have. and we're ready to share it with the world. like the first song on the record says: here we are. so let's see what happens next.

so, has technology made our lives any better? yes it certainly has. now download a 10ml song and tell us if you agree.