Like label-mates Landing, Bright dish out melodic tracks rooted in '70s prog rock, but with a distinctively modern feel and looks ahead as much as it looks to the past. With its heavy repetition and psychedelic feel, it's also an eight-song spiritual journey.
"Manifest Harmony" in particular feels like a ritualistic incantation with circling and heavily patterned music and
vocals. It's easy to imagine vocalist Mark Dwinell performing shamanic rites in the empty desert landscape shown
in the album's artwork. Throughout the album Dwinell's almost-chanted lyrics are invocations atop the layers of
chunky guitars. Many tracks sound like an arcane ceremony overheard through an open window. But the music
isn't at all quiet and hymnal; this ain't Enya. The electric guitars continually make themselves known and they
open "It's What I Need" with a snarl.
The album is laced with
a distinct Eastern influence, though there aren't any actual sitars,
the guitars effectively mimic their delicate sound. Ringing chimes in
"Flood" reinforce the east-meets-west feeling.
The album feels so methodic and deliberate, that I was surprised to learn
that Bright generally improvise in the studio. But that also adds to
the overall spiritual feeling...instead of improvising, it feels more
like Bright was channeling.