Brightblack Morning Light, 'Motion to Rejoin' (Matador)

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Motion to Rejoin
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Label: Matador

by Abigail Everdell

New Mexico-based folkie enigmas Nathan "Naybob" Shineywater and Rachael "Raybob" Hughes' second full-length as Brightblack Morning Light is the sound of a peyote comedown after their earlier astral journeys. The minimal, murkily hypnotic, Fender Rhodes–heavy groove of 2006's self-titled breakthrough gives way to more discernible melodies and socially conscious lyrics (see "Oppressions Each"), buoyed by soulful horns and backup vocals. But the angsty psychedelia of "Past a Weatherbeaten Fencepost" -- less meditation than brewing storm -- makes the strongest argument that perhaps these hippie escapists, like their desert compatriot Wile E. Coyote, have finally looked down through the clouds to see the ground hurtling up at them.

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