Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” (Feat. Karen Black)

Last month, we lost Karen Black, the great actress who was in half of the best movies of the ’70s, to cancer. A few years ago, Black sang on “Dreams Come True Girl,” one of the best songs that the singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has ever recorded. McCombs has a new album, the massive 22-song double CD Big Wheel And Others, coming out soon; we’ve already posted his song “There Can Be Only One.” Another of the album’s songs is “Brighter!,” which once again united McCombs with Black. Black, in fact, sings the entire song; we never hear McCombs’s voice. It’s a woozy country-folk song, and Black sounds warm, poised, and entirely present on it. McCombs has shared the song and dedicated it to Black’s memory, and you can hear it below.

Big Wheel And Others is out 10/15 on Domino.