Thursday, July 6, 2006

Brightblack Morning Light

Posted on Thu, Jul 6, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Brightblack Morning Light
Label: Matador
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Brightblack Morning Light
Prior to signing to Matador, the music Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes made together was notable for what it lacked ' it didn't swagger, and it wasn't well nourished. Released on Galaxia in 2004, Ala.cali.tucky paired forlorn, sallow hippie/spiritual harmonizing and Rhodes-sprinkled pedal-steel rainbows that stretched forever and a wretched day, squaring with the duo's homelessness. Reborn as Brightblack Morning Light, much remains the same as it ever was. The improbably named Shineywater sigh-sings stuff like 'All Rainbow Woodland go still when Owl candle call the blessed near, nearby/Still nearby the wild mountain wood fire light/It gets golden beside all we haveâ?� like it means everything. The pedal steel's in full effect ' if used more as one sonic color among many ' and the music elicits an unshakable urge to provide the band with home-cooked meals. What's new is the presence of soul and swagger, courtesy of an assisting ensemble that includes bassist/pianist Paz Lenchantin (Zwan, A Perfect Circle), drummer Andy MacLeod and backup singers. The auxiliary players lend Brightblack Morning Light welcome dimension. On the church-pew strut of 'Everybody Daylight,â?� handclaps, congas and flutes embellish Sunday-service Rhodes framing, and a scattering of tabla, percussion and clarinet grants the reggae-tinged 'Amber Canyon Magikâ?� exotic, funky legs.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation