Brighter Later Release New Single 'Brace'

Posted: 07 October, 2014

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Eighteen months on from the release of their celebrated debut album The Wolves, Melbourne’s Brighter Later –– the musical incarnation of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jaye Kranz and collaborators –– return with the rousing, cinematic new single ‘Brace’.

The Wolves
drew unanimous acclaim for its translucent melding of hushed folk, dream-pop and ambient textures, with the Weekly Review calling it ‘stunning’, and The Music declaring it ‘a masterpiece’. Since then, the band has picked up multiple award nominations, including a nod for the The Australian Music Prize, and played alongside the likes of Calexico and Martha Wainwright, who handpicked the band to support her on her national Australian tour.

Recently, Kranz returned to her studio, a repurposed church in Melbourne’s west, with members of the Brighter Later live band, to record new material. ‘Brace’ is the first song to emerge from those sessions, and represents an intriguing new direction for Kranz.

The new single radiates a crystalline brightness, its patient but exhilarating build accented by subtle electronic touches that were present on The Wolves, but come to the forefront on ‘Brace’. The song opens with muted synth, an icy guitar figure and the singular instrument that is Kranz’s voice, backed by spare programmed drums. As Kranz sings, ‘How can I get to you?’, electronic flourishes ebb at the margins, strings joins the fray, and the song gathers pace, surging toward a climax that represents a thrilling aural equivalent of Kranz’s tale of intoxication, absorption, falling.

Lyrically, Brace is Kranz’s most spacious effort yet. The singer’s argent vocals come and go between sweeping instrumental stretches, giving each line more weight, but also allowing the music a dynamic intensity that communicates the headlong feeling of the lyrics with a singular power, without a hint of melodrama. The result is a thoroughly intoxicating piece of music, one that retains the immersive quality of Brighter Later’s earlier songs, while lighting out for new territory.

Though written and produced by Kranz, ‘Brace’ was a more collaborative effort than usual, with all but one member of the Brighter Later live band –– Simon Bailey (Pony Face), Shane O’Mara, Virginia Bott, Dan Marsh (Human Face), Patrick Dunn and Cameron Potts –– contributing to the song, along with composer and experimental electronic producer Ned Beckley (Lower Spectrum), who provided the song’s deft string arrangements. The song was mixed and mastered by Andy Stewart at his Gippsland studio.

Brace is out now through Gaga Digi.

Pete : 07 October, 2014

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