New Brightblack Morning Light – “Oppressions Each”

On their third album, Motion To Rejoin, back-to-nature somnambulists Brightblack Morning Light have honed their already tight, dark, soulful atmospherics. Somehow even more subtly layered than 2006’s self-titled astral-projecting slumber party, it feels like the songs were birthed whole, not cobbled together by Brightblack main-minds Naybob Shineywater and Rachael Hughes with warm vintage keyboads, slide guitar and guitar fuzz, Southwestern instrumentation, a pile of percussion, and a choir of voices. We’ve already posted “Hologram Buffalo,” its crystals, tepees, and trippy feathers. In the context of those sort of sleepy, soulful epics (most Motion tracks are over five minutes, a couple stretch almost to 10) the fuzzy, gospel-tinged “Oppression Each” stands out as the album’s 3-minute swamp song. Adding another texture to the collection, it also has a more distorted feel than the others — like the transmission’s breaking up temporarily.

Brightblack Morning Light – “Oppressions Each” (MP3)

It’s sort of a lullaby fight song: On the album, it’s followed by “Another Reclaimation.” (You can hear 30-second streaming clips at the Matador store.) When you consider the album’s after-midnight feel, it’s ironic to note it was recorded entirely with solar power in their adobe.

Motion to Rejoin is out 9/23 on Matador. After that, they’re on the self-described “Crystal Totem Turr.”

10/01 – Olympia, WA @ Eagles Hall Ballroom *
10/02 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern *
10/03 – Tacoma, WA @ The Helm Gallery *
10/05 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
10/08 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bonds Garage
10/10 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews *
10/11 – Davis, CA @ Delta of Venus *
10/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord *
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord *
10/16 – Berkeley, CA @ Starry Plough *
10/18 – Brookdale, CA @ Historic Brookdale Lodge
10/20 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/21 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
11/05 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s
11/06 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11/07 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/08 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/12 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern
11/13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
11/16 – New Haven, CT @ BAR Nightclub
11/17 – New York, NY @ LPR
11/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ South Paw
11/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
11/21 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout
11/24 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

* w/ Avocet