Brightness

Listen/Watch/Learn – “Oblivion” Lyric w Guitar Tabs Version

Mar 08, 2017

Alex Knight is a new artist releasing through Godmode and I Oh You as Brightness. The lead single “Oblivion” is a great entry point. Check out the lyric and guitar tabs version, along with the video here.  

The Aussie turned out to be more of a country boy after all. After a stint in London, Knight returned to his home town a couple of hours outside Sydney and between cleaning windows and sailing large boats for their owners, Knight writes down home rocking tunes. You can get a sense of the place in the video for “Oblivion” directed by Mclean Stephenson.

Knight's way of finding balance is to record music, playing all the instruments himself on Teething, Brightness's forthcoming debut LP out later this spring. The album looks to be a statement of resilience after the songwriter lost his way a bit in London. As the label puts it: “Anybody who's brushed up with the grind of city life will find comfort and companionship in (the record) "

"Oblivion" is out now via I Oh You and Godmode. The ebullient fuzz of warmed-up gutiar pushes forward behind Knight’s tenuous vocals, giving it projection. In some ways it feels like a grittier version of early Death Cab for Cutie.

Knight describes it this way: ”It’s about witnessing somebody mentally unravel and being unable to help them. I’d sat with a different version of this song for a long time and was never really sold on it until I had the idea to replace the chorus with one from another song and move the instrumental breaks to the beginning and end. While I was recording it I often referred back to the production style of a track by Blake Mills called ‘Hey Lover’.”

Charles Steinberg