The movement of light and shapes in Timothy Breen’s video for “Confluence,” off Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble’s new album, focuses the fading daylight into an emotional cascade. McLaughlin’s lilting fingerpicked guitar melody hangs like a phantom between the waves of light. It’s a song where the weight of feeling stuck in between sharpens to a point. Joel Styzens bends magic sonorities from the hammered dulcimer while Jason Toth’s bowed bass reflections bind “Confluence” together at the foundation. For an album that sings in the deep end shadows, “Confluence” is a prayer for the light.
Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble’s II is out now on Tompkins Square.