When the Brooklyn based duo of Mia Wilson and Quincy Ledbetter, better known as the Bright Smoke released their debut effort Late for War, they were praised for crafting a sound that deftly meshed a bluesy and moody feel with a rock sensibility. And that shouldn’t be terribly surprising as they’ve been heavily influenced by the likes of Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Chelsea Wolfe. Certainly much like PJ Harvey and Chelsea Wolfe, the material possessed a haunting, unsettling air that seems to pull the listener in towards it.
Virginia Et. Al. the follow-up to their debut effort has the duo further cementing their reputation for moody music but the overall sound also manages to reveal subtle growth The album’s material has fuller arrangements, as you’ll hear reverberating percussion, eerie piano chords, swirling, ambient electronics, guitar and bass behind Wilson’s vocals, which interestingly enough bear an uncanny resemblance to PJ Harvey and Chelsea Wolfe. However, the band’s latest single “Sea Level,” is spectral and eerie blues tune that sounds as though it were produced by T. Bone Burnett – at times it seems as though the song might dissipate into the ether.