Many Bright Things

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Many Bright Things play 1990s psychedelia that, like much European progressive rock of the early and mid-1970s, prioritizes mood and groove/jam riffing more than conventional songs. Originally a two-person…
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Many Bright Things play 1990s psychedelia that, like much European progressive rock of the early and mid-1970s, prioritizes mood and groove/jam riffing more than conventional songs. Originally a two-person collaboration, by the second album half a dozen musicians were involved. They blend different kinds of guitar textures, including folky parts in the realm of the Jefferson Airplane's "Embryonic Journey," spacier electric lines with backwards and feedback effects, and some sitar. The music is ever-shifting in mood from track to track, but also gets into (some might say gets stuck in) long and elastic passages where texture gets the thumb up over melody. Female vocalists Richelle Toombs (who also records with another Aether Records act, In the Summer of the Mushroom Honey) and Lisa Swanson sometimes give the material a bit of an English folk-rock vibe as well.