I OH YOU are elated to announce the return of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter,Brightness (Alex Knight).
“Wilted on a Murphy bed with 3:10 glowing Kubrick-red and Robert Tilton on TV”, so goes the stark opening line to ‘Dallas’, the heady new single from the Newcastle artist.
Recorded in upstate New York with producer Sam Griﬃn Owens (Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Sam Evian), ‘Dallas’ is – by Knight’s description – “a song about being spiritually hungry…the volatility and fragility of being in that state.” Its slanting melody, baritone guitars and erratic squalls dunk you in this cloudy space for the bulk of its duration, then slowly lifts you out in its final phrases to the sound of rapturous falsetto and luminous French horn.
“I wrote ‘Dallas’ when I was living alone in my brothers garage.” says Knight. “It’s probably hard to tell, but I was listening to a lot of Springsteen at the time. I was inspired especially by his ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ record…the themes and overall tone etc. I’d pretty much razed my life to the ground, and was intent on looking upwards…looking outwards.”
Regarding the recording process, Knight aﬃrms “the location and pairing (with Owens) couldn’t have been more fitting”. The location was specifically, Spillway Sound, a freshly opened studio nestled in the Catskills, a spread of nature known to stir wonder in those who’ve beheld it, from the addled attendees of Woodstock Festival, to 19th century transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
‘Dallas’ marks the first glimpse of Knight’s forthcoming LP – a follow up on 2017’s Teething(a work which Pitchfork described as a “dry, beautiful debut”). If his latest single is any indication, we can expect a sophomore record of deeper contour, contrast and confidence.
‘Alex Knight’s dry, beautiful debut pushes beyond ’90s indie rock trappings and into rougher, textured, more interesting terrain’ – Pitchfork
‘Brightness doesn’t shy from the dark parts of his truth.’ – The Fader
‘Oblivion’ unites all of Teething’s varied impulses into a roughly pretty earworm that both lilts and lurches’ – Rolling Stone
‘What a delight, great indie hooks and beautiful tones. Really gets under my skin.’ – Zan Rowe (triple j)
‘A blissful, meandering tune with guitar lines that you’ll be humming for days to come’ – FBi Radio
‘Easily one of the most exciting recent acts to come out of New South Wales’ – Happy
‘Alex Knight’s understated and devastating tracks have crept under more than a few skins’ – Stack
‘… a deeply personal insight into someone who you might not know just yet, but are gonna get to know very well in 2017 and beyond’ – Pilerats