Following on from his enigmatic and eclectic debut album, Newcastle-bred Alex Knight, aka Brightness is back with album number two.
With two years elapsing between Teething and his self-titled sophomore slab, Alex told Newcastle Live that seeing the light at the end of the writing and recording tunnel was exciting – especially given that the tracks contained within this beautifully lilting slab were meant to be consumed as a whole.
“To actually have the vinyl in my hands was a really big thing for me,” Alex said.
“To have it all out in its entirety is really important to me because the record is modelled to be bigger than the sum of its parts.”
Alex added that while he may be considered an anomaly in this disposable age of music consumption, he said he felt the themes contained within could only be explored in long-player format.
“The album is a format that I have always loved,” he said.
“It might make me less cool or whatever in this day and age but I really believe that there are certain things you can only accomplish with an album.”
The new album represents somewhat of a rebirth for Alex who, after recording Teething in London (where he lived for six years) moved back to Newcastle thinking that would be his last foray into music.
However, his writing bug would tell another story.
“When I left London, I felt like I burned everything to the ground,” he said. “I wasn’t happy to do that, but it felt like I had no choice but to leave. I wasn’t going to be any good to the people around me if I’d stayed.”
Alex said that thematically the album – which switches deftly from psych-rock to fragile balladry – was one of hope and optimism.
“There’s a certain type of optimism that comes specifically from being at rock bottom,” he said.
“I had to make the choice to no longer look down. I wanted to look up.”
Catch Brightness at Hiss and Crackle Records on Saturday 26 October from 2pm.
The Brightness self-titled record is out now.