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The best records offer their own unique world to inhabit, but few do it quite the way The Wolves does. This is the forthcoming debut release from BRIGHTER LATER, the latest project of Jaye Kranz – the band’s songwriter and founder - and her collaborator Virginia Bott. It’s a careful and deliberate album, “a thing of mysterious moving parts and late-night mystique”, traversing vast landscapes and lingering long after reverb trails have tapered off.
First single ‘The Woods’ leads us straight into this world. It begins with a sprightly, wordless chant before retreating into a spare and stately mid-section, Kranz coaxing out gorgeous hooks over a pared back arrangement that builds to a luminous finale. It’s set against accidents of imprecision, strange beauty, and the kind of ineffable sounds only stumbled across in analog terrain. The reprised chant recalls the best moments of Beach House. Its surprising turns and intricate layers could also almost make us imagine a hushed flipside of Grizzly Bear, or “She & Him gone nocturnal” [Doug Wallen].
The album was written, recorded and produced by Kranz in her home, an old church in Melbourne’s west, with help from Bott. The term ‘independent’ seems inadequate here. There were no pre-meditated plans on how the recordings would sound or the direction they would take. ‘The Woods’, expresses this spirit of on-the-fly sonic adventure, an attempt to reach for something, rather than sound like something. The result is a kind of haunting originality.
BRIGHTER LATER has been variously described as low-fi indie, homespun indie, with strains of psych-folk and even alt-country, but none of these are testament to their finely-crafted, lucent sound. ‘The Woods’ is the first single from their much-anticipated debut LP, due for release in early 2013.