by Brightblack Morning Light (Brightblack Morning Light, 2005)
Under the name Brightblack Morning Light the group have been around since 2005, but the two members have known each other for a lot longer playing music under guises such as Rainywood and Brightblack. As Rainywood they got invited on tour by Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) and eventually toured with him twice more. As their current moniker the band were given valuable exposure by math/post-rock band Slint when they were invited to play All Tomorrows Parties by the Kentucky threesome. Later that year they signed to Matador and released their self-titled debut.
The group's sound is distinctly dreamy and ethereal without being wishy-washy. On 'Amber Canyon Magik' breathy male and female vocals from the two members radiate from inside the sound-scape of percussive clunks, pings and shakes. Lyrics are impossible to fathom, instead you are lifted from your seat as you float with the music. A hoard of musicians help fill the sound out with woodwind and various percussion instruments and the meandering melody is provided by a mystical Fender Rhodes electric piano and guitar which combine so well that you can't even tell them apart.