"Time Is New layers clever, effect laden guitars, dense synth pads and sing-along choirs frequently lifting (the album) into pure moments of rapture. The songs, though well appointed through Alex Lipsen's slick production, still maintain a sense of closeness and reliability." - Ryan Murphy of the Denver Post for Bandwagon Magazine
This sophomore release from Bright Silence bridges the gap between frontman Kevin Johnston's solo, acoustic shows and the eponymous first release's full band rock-sprawl. Like their debut, Time Is New features a choir of the supporters who made the recording possible. Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke's melodic vocal prowess is an obvious influence here, though the modern guitar, bass, synth and drum arrangements, earnest songwriting and dense production style make for a keen listen that feels new every time.
released July 22, 2016
Kevin Johnston - vocals, guitars, vocal arrangements, keys & percussion
Kirk Schoenherr - guitars, keys
Tim Lappin - bass, guitars, keys
Zach Jones - drums, percussion
Nathan Terry - backing vocals & vocal arrangements on “I’m A Fire”
Mark Beumer - bass on “Gold”
Elmar Lappe - drums on “Gold”
Group vocals - Nathan Terry, Lyndol Descant, Luke Wesley, Bill Heck, Valerie Orth, Michael Hamel,
Emilee Pereira, Seth Faulk, Bryan Dunn, Janelle Fuentes, Leo Pelekh, Maddy Wyatt, Nic Barajas,
Deepak Ananthapadmanabha, Rina Haverly, David Cameo, Ellen Stedfeld, David Luther, Anna Russell,
Chanel James, (Lisa Box), David Rasura & Amanda Roisman
Music & lyrics by Kevin Johnston except “Gold” written by Kevin Johnston & Joanna Katcher
Arranged & performed by Bright Silence
Produced by Alex Lipsen
Engineered by Alex Lipsen at Russell Street Recording & Chris Cubeta at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York
Group vocals recorded by Gordon Heal at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, New York
Mixed by Dan Long at Headwest Studio, Los Angeles
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, New York
Album artwork from “The Son Has Proved The Father” by Kevin Johnston
Design & layout by Kevin Johnston
Canyon photographs by Andrea Johnston
Imeasurable thanks to Noel, Linda & Andrea Johnston. My father, mother & sister:
Without you, living this dangerous dream would simply not be possible.
Boundless love and gratitude for your continuing support!
Special thanks to Matt Currie & all at Rockwood Music Hall, Tim Lappin & Brooklyn Brewery,
Mark Goodell, Mike Tuccillo, Florin Judt, Kristin Shey, Franqee, Joyce & Jay Lappin, Marisa Smith,
Myles Rodenhouse, David Rasura, David Luther & Olaf Beise.
Thanks also to Brandon Whightsel, Gastor Almonte, Mark Beumer, Khushnuma Ferzandi, Michelle Cleary,
Lisa Terry, Christin Espinoza, Deanna Terry & Nic Barajas … your album is up next!
Final thanks to all our supporters, friends & fans too numerous to list here: You know who you are.
Thank you for getting this record’s feet off the ground.
"Time Is New wastes no time engaging ear drums, proffering the powerful “Least Resistance” from the outset. Galloping drums,
ascending choral melodies, and almost western portamento guitars evoke golden rolling hills and the whimsy of middle America. One can’t help but yearn for a frontier to explore. Time Is New frequently lifts into pure moments of rapture." Ryan Murphy - Bandwagon Magazine...more
Hearing Ace Elijah perform live is practically intoxicating. "Lost..." is a gloriously intimate glimpse into that experience. His concise and melodic songwriting style is as unique as it is classic. Bright Silence