By Brightblack Morning Light
The product of two Alabama musicians; Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes, Brightblack Morning Light's self-titled record was astonishingly recorded during a period of homelessness - living in tents within a National Park just north of San Francisco.
In terms of scoring points in the originality stakes Brightblack Morning Light have done more than an amicable job - the duo have cunningly merged multiple genre and music-making approaches to create a completely unique mood and cause real problems for the pigeon-hole brigade.
Soulful, bluesy yet unmistakeably atmospheric, Brightblack Morning Light is a serene, slow-moving journey with psychedelic undertones. Think along the lines of an American version of French ambient outfit Air and you're on the right tracks.
If there is one slight observation, there is little diversity between the songs with each song essentially taking a similar route - the mood or tempo never really shifts. Still, this is the perfect soundtrack to any lazy summer afternoon and an album that might just become a regular fixture in your CD player for many years to come. Highly recommended.