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Life on Earth Recordings Presents: James Bright – The Wayfarer EP.

Kono Vidovic December 9, 2022 43 6 5


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James Bright has a new record label called Life On Earth Recordings and today we’re premiering his 3-track EP, The Wayfarer. This is Bright’s first release on the imprint, which he started to provide a soundtrack to a life well-traveled. Drawing inspiration from his own life experiences and travels, Bright’s music effortlessly floats between and beyond the kaleidoscopic Balearic boundaries. Each track on the EP is unique in its own way, but they all share that unmistakable Balearic vibe. We asked Bright to talk us through the tracks in more detail, so read on for his thoughts on each one!

Wayfarer.

With this Ep being the debut release on my new label “Life On Earth Recordings”. I wanted to try and do something a little different sounding. Taking almost old analogue/modular sounds but trying to give them a modern feel. Wayfarer is the Slowest of the tracks on the Ep at 104 bpm. I started the track off by programming the drum pattern from separate one shot samples. When I’d got a nice groove going I wrote the chord sequence just using a simple piano sound.

Once I was happy with the chord sequence I used a trick I often use which is to swap out each chord hit with a different synth or keys sounds. I find doing this gives a track more depth and keeps it more interesting sonically rather than sticking to one sound. Also adding a different delay or reverb signal to each chord I find creates really interesting counter rhythms. There’s no real bass line on the track, rather individually tuned 808 sub hits which when played with the drum pattern and chords gives an almost perceived bass line. I built the rest of the track around those elements.

Hours Were Ours.

Is a mid tempo bubbler at 110 bpm. Once again this track started with programming a drum groove. The arpeggios and synth patterns are from U-he’s Ace vst. It’s a great instrument for creating analogue sounds. The track has got lots of tuned percussions patterns that create little melodies.  

Sound Of The Sun.

At 118 bpm Sound of the sun is the quickest track on the EP but I still think it maintains that relaxed feel that my productions are best known for. This song started with the Rhodes chords and the bassline. Again U-he’s Ace is responsible for a lot of the synth melodies. The strings were the last thing that I added but I think they really lift the song. It’s got a bit of a Detroit warehouse vibe to it.

Our final words.

Thank you to James Bright for providing us with an inside look at his new Life On Earth Recordings EP, The Wayfarer. This 3-track release is a perfect example of Bright’s signature Balearic sound, and we highly recommend picking it up today!

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