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Editors’ Notes

One of Matador’s newest and most promising acts, Brightblack Morning Light trade in slothful swamp-struck blues and makeshift hymns touched by a healthy dose of hippy mysticism. Brightblack Morning Light differ from popular contemporaries like Feathers and the Skygreen Leopards in important respects; instead of reveling in the delicate textures and studied dissonance of airy Appalachian folk, Brightblack Morning Light, with their warm, bass saturated riffs and mournful brass flourishes, recall the earthbound grooves of classic Memphis soul more than the high flown hollers of mountain-bound folk pickers. Rachel “Raobob” Hughes works her battered Rhodes keyboard like a veteran rhythm player, hunkering down on the low-end of the instrument and deepening the already sonorous grooves of tracks like “Everybody Daylight” and the epic “Star Blanket River Child.” Though occasionally a stray detail, some ramshackle slide guitar work, a measured high hat rush, or ghostly flute riff will rear its head over the morass, Brightblack mostly glory in their own dreamy morphine drip tempos.

Customer Reviews

Very, very, solid summer release

I would not reccommned this for all music tastes (although I suppose a 5 star implies that). However, the quality and texture of this body of music is so good that it would be a crime to take away a star. It's a thick listening experience, but it can be very relaxing and eye-opening. If you enjoy groups like Air or more mainstream Sigur Ros, then this is a must-have. I am looking forward to getting some herb together and listening to it then...I'm sure they anticipated that. Peace.

mellow down easy

the first track sets the stage for a transcendental expedition to the land of Brightblack, a place filled with space rock, hippies, and, as coined by a reviewer of Parker and Lilly's "low lows", apple-buttered make out music. Sit on the floor, turn out some lights, dont move-- Brightblack comes to you.

Air meets Twin Peaks

All the songs have a rich sound, slightly eerie, but in a good way. Moments in the album reminded me of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Great as background music during morning newspaper and coffee on a lazy Sunday.


Formed: January, 2004 in California

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

BrightBlack Morning Light's music was written by N. Shineywater and R. Hughes, both from Alabama and both sharing a Creek Native American heritage. BBML enjoyed many U.S. tours and shows in San Francisco. Their release Brightblack Morning Light made the Top 50 Albums of 2006 in Rolling Stone. They then received invitations to several festivals, including All Tomorrow's Parties U.K., curated by Slint. Motion to Rejoin followed in 2008. The final BrightBlack Morning Light live show was in 2009. Shineywater...
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