Brooklyn's Barnaby Bright, the husband and wife duo of Becky and Nathan Bliss, have been quietly creating exquisite and gracefully nuanced folk/pop over the past few years, highlighting Becky's effortlessly angelic vocals and Nathan's warm, straightforward instrumental arrangements. Long awaited full-length The Longest Day (October 23, Mishara) is another confident step forward, an expansion of the Bliss' wistful and whimsical acoustic styles across slightly exotic world music boundaries -- particularly in Becky's extraordinary singing -- and a more personal approach to the lyrical threads of their songwriting. From the stunning Celtic-flavored "Donalogue" to the simmering, slowly building intensity of "Old Coats" (exclusive free download below) to the lovely, gently finger-picked "Castle Rock", The Longest Day has echoes of the new wave of British folk as well as the modern Americana delicacies of The Civil Wars. Above all, the new songs go beyond easy comparisons to herald Barnaby Bright's own coming of age. Intimate, honest and lovingly crafted, The Longest Day is easily one of the best discoveries of the year. Watch the "Old Coats" video below.
Barnaby Bright - "Home" (from The Longest Day)
Barnaby Bright - "Old Coats" (from The Longest Day) (Free Download)