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 forthcoming debut, Bright Fire. And much like Don Cavalli’s impressive Temperamental, the first single “Nightingale” manages 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 product.
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. But perhaps more important, Fllip’s vocals and her harmonies with Wick had me stop dead in my tracks – they’re that beautiful.
And although the band’s sound has been compared to the likes of Camera Obscura, Au Revoir Simone and others, the sound that you’ll hear on Bright Fire’s first single “Nightingale,” reminds me quite a bit of the Sundays and a little bit of Phil Spector’s wall of sound. Regardless of what the song reminds me of, it’s just gorgeous, and i think you will too.