Seattle Weekly – Every Local Release
"Mesa," the album’s intro track, sets the stage for this psych-pop release with a steady drumbeat that trails off into the gentle vocals of Dayna Loeffler and Brian Ackley. Moments of emotion are revealed by dark yet thoughtful lyrics that sail a sea of layered guitars, drums, and cello.
Padma Nolt, Seattle Weekly
The Equal Ground
Things to Figure Out features nine songs with a really psychedelic vibe…with melodic sensibilities that remind me of artists like Bjork or Sonic Youth. Things to Figure Out is a portrait of a cohesive band with a clear focus on their identity, constructing elaborate, yet instinctive layers of sounds and striving to create a beautiful contrast with the simple, driven rhythm section and the embracing textures built with guitars and [cello].
Matt Jensen, The Equal Ground
The Delete Bin
If gauzy, impressionistic dream pop in the vein of Mazzy Star is your idea of summer music, then look no further then Seattle’s Half Light. This is summer music like a sunny sky that’s streaked with storm clouds.
Rob Jones, The Delete Bin
NadaMucho: Best Seattle Albums of 2008
“This band’s Best Kept Secret status is under serious threat, as their impossibly heavy live shows win them a growing legion of converts. Druggy guitars, a cello, spectral female harmonies, a thunderous rhythm section, everything you could need for a classic 4AD-style blissout. Do not listen before operating heavy machinery.”
Christian Klepac, NadaMucho
Three Imaginary Girls
” I acquired a copy of their debut album… and this disc does not disappoint. In fact, it is the best release that I have heard by a Seattle band this year.”
The Big Takeover
“These songs are like secrets, whispered and caught in starlight. The drums and rhythms tell stories of driving and highway nights, while the guitars fall like rain-shine across the worlds that are created in this seductive half light. This music feels like dusk and flows like dawn, and though it seems like it’s all tied to your dreams, it won’t let you sleep.”
Marcel Feldmar,The Big Takeover
Is This Music
“Half Light haven’t only managed to make a charming debut but also to bring many different genres together to create gorgeous landscapes together. There’s the psychadelica of Thirteen Tales era Dandy Warhols, the general songwriting craft of Mazzy Star, hey, there’s even elements of post-rock such as Sigur Ros and the sparseness of Portishead too. First impressions can indeed be deceptive – please let this impression be a lasting one.”
Matthew Shaw, Is This Music
Americana UK
“Caught in a heat haze of druggy guitars, but in a good way… An odd mixture of Mazzy Star/Altered Images/Julee Cruise vocals with some fairly strident, yet often psychedelic, guitar is what greets the listener on the excellent opener, ‘Affected’, to this the splendidly named first record from Seattle’s Half Light. Dayna Loeffler’s dream-state vocals diffuse the power in the slow moving guitars, creating an odd atmosphere, at times it feels uplifting, at others claustrophobic, like trying to walk underwater.”
Patrick Wilkins, Americana UK
The Louisville Eccentric Observer
“These are down-tempo, electric lullabies for adults who don’t necessarily want to sleep…The songs specialize in spaciousness. Singer Dayna Loeffler’s candy-coated vocals move over, under and through mounds of distortion, strolling rhythms, twinkling guitars and expansive, moody soundscapes that appear, disappear and reappear throughout.”
Tim Powles
“certainly has what many bands dream of – A SOUND.”
Tim Powles (The Church)
The Stranger (Up & Coming Shows)
“…it’s exactly what you’d expect: smooth, dreamy spacerock that owes influences to Pink Floyd, Lush, My Bloody Valentine…”
Matt Garman, The Stranger
“Rarely has an album title felt so much like the music it contained… the hazy, hallucinogenic ‘Sleep More, Take More Drugs, Do Whatever We Want’ absolutely feels like one has slipped back into experimentation-heavy teen years with little to no responsibility.”
Sarah Moore, PopMatters
In Music We Trust
“As soon as Dayna Loeffler opens her mouth, you’d swear that Mazzy Star has found her way out of a rehab clinic somewhere and re-emerged under the name Half Light.”
Christopher Margolin, In Music We Trust