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Brightblack Morning Light - Motion to Rejoin

Released on Matador Records, 9/23/08

Rachel “Rabob” Hughes and Nathan “Nabob” Shineywater are back and making soothing ambient sounds for your everyday life. The duo broke through with 2006’s Brightblack Morning Light, making many year-end lists. What Brightblack Morning Light does so well is to stay quiet and in the background, yet not far enough that you don't notice them. Simply, they're not necessarily the band you want playing during a raucous road trip, but they'll be perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

On their new album, Motion to Rejoin, the duo treads much of the same water. After an “Introduction” consisting of nothing more than off-kilter keyboard, the group segues into “Hologram Buffalo." The muffled Electric Rhodes, barely audible drums and guitar licks seep through on and don't stop. There’s never a peak and there’s never any big moments. The album sounds as if it is one long song. It's both good and bad.

It keeps a continuity that this type of music thrives on, keeping a steady pattern and emotion but it can also drone on and on. Unless you want to sit back and just let the sounds drown out your thoughts and your cares, you'll probably be itching for something with more of a backbone. But sometimes it’s good to just drift away.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars