The Simmering, Cinematic Blues Rock Of The Bright Smoke
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

It's a term that's thrown around a lot in music writing, but it's rare for me to find a band to be genuinely cinematic. There's more to cinematic music than simply having atmosphere. The sound must be able to evoke moods and abstractions with more subtlety and nuance than pop bombast. And, cinema itself features so many genres and modes that simply describing it as cinematic seems lazy. What sort of cinema does this sound evoke? I know exactly what kind of cinema "Shakedown" -- the track we're premiering from Brooklyn rock duo The Bright Smoke -- brings to mind.

I watch a lot of movies, and it's easy to hear this understated, bluesy number scoring the background of a tense sequence in the latest Rian Johnson retro-noir throwback. Imagine this in Looper or Brick -- or hell, it's not hard to hear it in "Ozymandias," the classic episode of Breaking Bad that he directed -- and you can hear a song that accentuates simmering tension and unspoken animosities. If the Bright Smoke can bring more of this sort of music into the world, there's little doubt that they can conquer the world of emotional, cinematic rock.

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