Download “Tourists” at the Stereogum premiere
NY-based Bright Moments – Kelly Pratt, multi-instrumentalist for Beirut, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, is releasing his Natives debut LP this week with Luaka Bop. Natives was recorded with Beirut’s rhythm section (Nick Petree and Paul Collins) and accordionist (Perrin Cloutier), as well as the drummer from Pratt’s former Afrobeat band Akoya. Download new single ‘Tourists’ at Stereogum or SoundCloud. Bright Moments will be performing a CD Release show as a five-piece this week at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and has announced several performances at SXSW ’12.
Natives was recorded track-by-track-by-track with Pratt on most of the instruments in his apartment studio during the New York City winter of 2010. He’d snip a shaker in half and sample the sound of sand pouring out to make a beat. The lyrics took longest–inspired by and sometimes drawn directly from an old book of Scandinavian poetry discovered on tour, or the little-known story of the girl who was the first person ever to be cured of rabies. (That would be track two, “Milwaukee,” named after the specific method of cure.)
Natives is the spiritual sequel to his earlier band Team B, whose 2008 album was hurriedly recorded into the microphone on a MacBook in hotel rooms and backstage demo sessions while he was on tour with Arcade Fire and LCD. (Members of Beirut, Antibalas and LCD all helped). For Bright Moments, however, Pratt wanted to make sure to take his time.
Brights Moments in Concert
2/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery (CD release show)
3/14 – 18 – Austin, TX – SXSW
2. Milwaukee Protocol
3. Behind the Gun
4. Interlude: Ghost Dance I
6. Travelling Light
7. Interlude: Ghost Dance II
10. The Sailor
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