BrightSide Blue’s latest album, Between Worlds, is both the result of and a launchpad for a great journey through space and time.
It's origins start 10 years ago, in a dark and dicey small-town bar where a song was first conceived, the lyrics scribbled on the back of a napkin, fueled by a sense of restlessness and a desire for rebellion.
It then sprouted wings, and flew to a small tropical island, to find itself sitting on the porch of an enchanted jungle home, swaying to the melody that sings out from a small box harp, as it finds the first notes of another tune.
The songs have created their own compass, and whisk us away with them, through Northern California forest fires, over piles of rubble — earthquake aftermath — in Mexico City. We surf the cresting waves of a roaring ocean, and rest in the secret canopy of a willow tree.
…A beach in Jamaica; a neighborhood courtyard in Grenada, Spain; anti-war demonstrations in the streets of Detroit; a royal court in Mali…
The album captures the sounds, the feels, and the prayers from all of these places and YET, just like its listeners, the album is not defined by these places, but rather by the journey there. It was made -- we are made -- by the spaces between the places. By the spaces between worlds.
“Wonder, marvel and mystery in all that can be revealed by hidden places
Wonder, marvel and mystery between the in between of everyday places”
- Whisper Willow by BrightSide Blue
released December 7, 2018
All songs by BrightSide Blue (Lindsay Bellows and N. Ananda Vaughan). Deep bows to the people and cultures whose music inspired these songs including African, African-American, Spanish, Romani, Arabic, Jewish, Afro-Cuban, and Rastafarian lineages. May the beauty and richness you bring the world return to you and future generations.
Lindsay Bellows - Vocals (all tracks); Ananda Vaughan - Guitar (all tracks), Mandolin (tracks 3,5), Vocals (tracks 3,4);
Jacob Aginsky - Keys (tracks 1,4); Beau Askew - Drums (tracks 1,2,4); Ras Dennis - Nyabinghi (track 4); Shannon Hayden - Cello (tracks 2,5); Gordon Hellegers - Kora (track 3); Rob Holland - Bass, Percussion (track 3); Ayla Nereo - Vocals (track 5); Jason O'Keefe - Percussion (track 5); Justin Purtill - Bass (tracks 1,2,4,5); Lydia Violet - Violin (track 2)
Recorded at home in the birds' nest, at Massive Productions, Cedarsong Sound, YubaSun Productions, and with Rob Holland; Produced by BrightSide Blue and Spencer Williams; Mixed by Spencer Williams at Cedarsong Sound; Mastered by Oz Fritz for High Fidelity
Cover image by Mollie Hull; Album art by Trina Spiller
(c) 2018 BrightSide Blue. All rights reserved.