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Late in 2012, after a long gestation, emerging Melbourne band Brighter Later released their stunning debut single, ‘The Woods’. A track of ‘slow-burn[ing] majesty’ (Mess+Noise), ‘The Woods’ drew rapt praise in the group’s native Australia and beyond, with Indie Shuffle calling it music Beach House ‘would be proud of’, and Dadada writing that ‘The Woods floats along in the ether, enrapturing innocent listeners along the way.’
‘Come and Go’, the second single from Brighter Later’s much anticipated, self- produced debut album, The Wolves, due for release in March, picks up where ‘The Woods’ left off. Brimming with elegant melody, it’s a spellbinding four minutes of intimate, half-lit listening that, like all of Brighter Later’s music, is all the more immediate for its patience and restraint.
Beginning with an acoustic guitar and Kranz’s silvery, multi- tracked voice, ‘Come and Go’ builds quietly and insistently to a lush chorus. It swings from aching, unhurried pastoralia to a rousing, hazy swoon — along the way, recalling Gillian Welch as much as Mazzy Star.
As with every track on The Wolves, ‘Come and Go’ doesn’t lend itself to easy categorisation. Indeed, Brighter Later, only two singles in, have already carved out a sound that is indelibly their own — expansive, cinematic and affecting in equal measure. This is a single worth savouring.