“Some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.” — Indie Shuffle
Melbourne outfit BRIGHTER LATER have appeared, fully formed, as a hauntingly original new voice in Australian music. The project of frontwoman/songwriter Jaye Kranz and her collaborators, their recently-released debut 'The Wolves' drew rapt praise here and overseas for its “dreamy brilliance”(HCM) and half-lit intimacy. The Music described their “subdued blend of lo-fi indie-folk and dream pop [as] nothing short of a masterpiece”. Recently, the album caught the attention of Martha Wainwright who handpicked the band to support her on her national Australian tour. They played a special one-off show with Calexico (USA). The LP, which was featured Album Of The Week on Triple R & PBS FM,also earnt them a nomination for the prestigious Australian Music Prize (AMP), and a nomination for Best Emerging Artist in the 2013 The Age/Music Victoria Awards.
Their sound doesn’t lend itself to easy categorisations. It has certain musical antecedents — the hazy swoon of Mazzy Star, the breathy spell of early Cat Power, the haunting, narcotic beauty of Low, “an earthier Sigur Ros” (Weekly Review), even “the gentler side of The Velvet Underground” (OrangePress) — but it sits firmly in its own world. Though only one album in, BRIGHTER LATER have found a sound that is indelibly theirs: expansive, cinematic and aching in equal measure. They manage to leave none of this behind when they take to the stage. “On record, the sensuality of the songs, the spectral soundscape and transcendent world generated is one thing, but attempting to relay the sentiment live, well, suffice to say, that’s another. Yet they achieve it, time and time again.” (Rhythms Magazine)
Despite no engineering or producing experience. Kranz took the DIY approach and self-produced their debut, setting up a studio in her home-cum-converted church in Melbourne’s west. Being a neophyte had its challenges, but it also allowed her a certain amount of freedom: “One of the advantages was not even having a rule book to throw out,” Kranz says. They have emerged with an album that doesn’t sound like a self-produced record any more than it sounds like a band’s debut. It’s an intoxicating, enveloping piece of music - "an elegantly arranged universe .. with carefully laid hooks working slow magic” (Rolling Stone).
Latest track 'Brace', described by UK's Line Of Best Fit as "gorgeously hypnotic", is the first track to emerge after a busy post-release year. It retains the immersive quality of The Wolves while lighting out for new territory.
The band includes long-time collaborator and bass player Virginia Bott; programmer Patrick Dunn and drummer Sean Albers. The full live line-up expands to Shane O’Mara, Simon Bailey (Pony Face), Daniel Marsh (Human Face) & Cameron Potts (Montero, Ninety-Nine).