Bright Brown is sonic cinema. Bittersweet layers and textures abound, and beautifully crafted songs exist at the core. Alex Nahas’ songwriting boldly chooses to sit “between the meager and the mundane” elevating the everyday.
Since the immediate chemistry or their chance meeting on the New York City Subway a few years ago, Alex Nahas and Nick Smeraski have released two critically acclaimed records, the intimate and moody “No Matter How Faint There’s Light In Everything” and the more epic and celebratory "Oceans", while wowing audiences with explosive duo performances. Alex accompanies his darkly optimistic vocals on The Chapman Stick, a seldom seen ten-stringed electric instrument covering a sonic range from deep, earthy bass to shimmering highs, while Nick Smeraski drums viscerally textural pulses that choose moments to lash out in restrained violence.
"Alex Nahas and Nick Smeraski of Bright Brown bring an ideal soundtrack to the crisp, autumn air. ...Sounds range from sparse and repetitive like a piece for avant-garde dance to expansive and melodic like the theme from a western where everyone dies in the same pool of blood. ...Fans of Brian Eno, Nick Drake, and John Cale should check these guys out." -Deli NYC
"...brilliant songs, full of pathos and alienation, but sweetened with strong doses of optimism. ...this music often broods along with us, but Bright Brown never fails to counter our collective agita with healthy doses of climactic major chords and high-arcing vocal choruses. Here are echoes of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, but with much more urgency."
-Greg Howard, Stick.com
“Like David Byrne after a hot bath...” -Leah Siegel, Firehorse
“...comes at you with dark heart and plea...Nahas' voice is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, the music layering over and under like sweet and sorrow...lose yourself in the world of the songs and learn something about where inner and outer landscapes meet.”
-Arielle Guy, Turntable and Blue Light