After the 2009 release of the Honey Trees‘ Wake the Earth EP, the duo of Becky Filip and Jacob Wick spent four years writing the material that would wind up on their recently released debut full-length, Bright Fire. And much like Don Cavalli’s impressive Temperamental, the first single “Nightingale” managed to have a careful and deliberate nature; after all, every little detail truly matters and it has to be right because you might not have another shot. In some way, that thinking is rare with most modern music because in a certain respect the artistic process isn’t really respected and because the effort behind the art is treated as just a small part of the actual product. The band’s second single “Siren,” features Wick as the primarily vocalist with Filip backing him against a stunningly gorgeous backdrop of guitar, bass, drums and orchestral strings. (Personally, I couldn’t help but think of “Silver“ off Echo and the Bunnymen’s gorgeous Ocean Rain.)
Produced by Jeremy Larson, who’s worked with Mutemath, Sleeping At Last, Switchfoot and Sucre, Bright Fire has a gorgeously lush, layered sound which manage to evoke wandering around an English meadow (for some reason, for me at least, it has to be English or it doesn’t make sense) during a summer afternoon as it slowly turns into evening, and manages to emphasizes the lyrics which employ the use natural imagery.
The album’s latest single "By the River,” may arguably be the most gorgeously lush (and layered) track on the entire album, as it unfolds gently towards the listener. You still have the orchestral strings and guitars with Fllip stunning vocals leading the song. Piano chords twist and turn throughout the song and it creates an interesting (and very beautiful) interplay between the strings, and Filp’s vocals. With repeated plays, the song manages to evoke a lingering beauty, much like waking up next to a lover after a pleasant evening of conversation and lovemaking.