Split 7": "Greenville, WA" and "My Brother the Dreamer"
Joining forces to release an exclusive joint 7" bearing one new song each, BRITE LINES and Pocket Panda have offered up a superb combo of catchy indie folk. Pulling punches in line with Pedro The Lion or Matt Pond PA, there's a hopeful yet apologetic tone that resonates throughout, blending perfectly with each other's core sound.
"Greenville, WA" by BRITE LINES takes a softer, simpler approach with a harmonized whisper-like vocal melody over soft guitar strumming and poppy kick-snare drum beat. Vocalist Zachary Gore has a vintage twang to his voice, which is complimented ten-fold by Juliana Williams. "My Brother the Dreamer," by comparison, takes a slower approach with a curveball that's unexpected but fully appreciated. At first the single seems awkward and full of remorse, like you've walked in on someone singing in the shower. The kicker comes about a fourth of the way in when the build-up gets a sharper edge to it and unfolds into something really, really great - even if just for a moment. I continuously play this song on loop just to hear the chorus. If that moment could be captured into an entire album, it'd be one of my top picks for 2013.
It's great seeing two bands in the same musical family coming together for a joint 7" (and more recently, a joint release just this past week.) It's not a lot of music, but definitely worth the listen.