Motion to Rejoin

Motion to Rejoin

by Brightblack Morning Light
     
 

If you thought the first two Brightblack Morning Light records were adrift in a sea of languidity, you won't be surprised by the third -- unless, of course, you'd think that after being begged to add some variety to their sound, the duo would pull back from the brink. Proving themselves perfectly immune to criticism,…  See more details below

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If you thought the first two Brightblack Morning Light records were adrift in a sea of languidity, you won't be surprised by the third -- unless, of course, you'd think that after being begged to add some variety to their sound, the duo would pull back from the brink. Proving themselves perfectly immune to criticism, Brightblack Morning Light do nothing but chill out yet farther on Motion to Rejoin. Recorded in the secluded New Mexico desert with many self-enforced limitations -- most notable of which is the restriction of studio power to direct solar radiation (aka daylight) -- Rachael Hughes and Naybob Shineywater have fashioned another record that cobbles together eight tracks from what seems like a maximum of two or three different grooves. The duo and their compatriots nonetheless continue to sound great, even if their music's true aim is nothing more than relaxation or meditation. Hughes' Rhodes piano and Shineywater's Silvertone guitar or Hohner clavinet amble through the album, calling up the ghosts of the American Southwest (and South), even as they veer yet closer to nearer descendants like Talk Talk and Spiritualized. The lyrics, when they occur, offer encomiums to natural living (naturally) with the occasional warning of the modern world's perils (a sampling: "I still live by the river in a little tent," "I see the places where the tee-pee once was risen," "Nobody wants oppression," "Keep the spirit clean and let the high times roll"). Brightblack Morning Light's intentions and actions are indeed admirable -- they're committed advocates of much more than just drug legalization -- but Motion to Rejoin struggles mightily to articulate a focus aside from tranquility.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861078623
catalogNumber:
10786

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Performance Credits

Brightblack Morning Light   Primary Artist
Brightblack   Indexed Contributor
Ann McCrary   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Stuart Bogie   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jessica Ruffins   Bass Guitar,Guest Appearance
Matt Henry Cunitz   Celeste,Mellotron,Pump Organ,Guest Appearance
Matthew Davis   Trombone
Regina McCrary   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Otto Hauser   Percussion,Cymbals,Guest Appearance
R. Hughes   Piano,Vocals,Vibes,fender rhodes
Meara OReilly   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Windy Dankoff   Bass Flute,Guest Appearance
N. Shineywater   Guitar,Vocals,Clavinet,Vibes,Tape

Technical Credits

Matt Henry Cunitz   Orchestration
R. Hughes   Arranger
N. Shineywater   Arranger,Engineer

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