Good albums are usually more than just a collection of songs, they are a complete and coherent entity that run seamlessly from beginning to end and manage to traverse a range of moods and styles while maintaining cohesiveness and clarity. Here is light, night is here by Brig is such an album. A self produced labour of love by multi instrumentalist and songwriter Brian Gosker it encompasses a range of styles and is based on strong songs and excellent musicianship.
It is essentially a rock album and has shades of seventies prog acts such as Rush and King Crimson while combining the raw power of later acts such as Soundgarden and the Smashing Pumpkins and contemporary postrock. However to pigeonhole it as a rock album would be to do it an injustice, the songs are catchy at have distinct indie pop feel while being reminiscent at points of neofolksters such as Sufjan Stevens. The influence of Icelandic bands such as Sigur Ros and Múm are on show as are jazz artists such as the Esbjorn Svenson Trio, and it has distinctly Zappaesque moments too.
The subject matter of album is concerned with passing time and opportunities lost or taken and the opening and closing tracks To the Night and To the Day add a sense of narrative symmetry. In between we are left to muse on ‘dusty postcards’ and ‘hard drives full of memories’ while Gosker tends to veer into musical interludes that hold our attention rapt until we are reminded that this isn’t an instrumental album.
Gosker sings and plays everything on the album and brings in the lessons he has picked up playing in various bands over the years. Currently he plays drums with punk/prog outfit Mountains, maybe and folksters Mikey and the Scallywags. After seven years in the making Brian Gosker has decided to give the album away for free having decided that he can’t play it live and it can be downloaded from www.reverbration.com/brig. I advise you to download it and listen repeatedly. It’ll be a long time before you get anything this good for free again.