Preetam.S.P, the brainchild behind ‘Bright‘ started the solo instrumental act in the year 2013 after having been part of multiple underground metal bands. Now, in the year 2020, we see ‘Bright’ release a debut album – “Luminescent Being”.
“I ventured into the instrumental music territory with ‘Bright’, hoping to explore and express the multitude of emotions experienced by a human being without the use of lyrics. I made it a point to record and release the guitar-based instrumentals, as my aim was to be unrestricted and have overall control over which direction my songs would take. The solo guitar instrumental work I’ve done in ‘Bright’ has resulted in a ton of great opportunities and new experiences.”
Bright’s debut EP “Screeching Fingers”, released in the year 2017, highlights the young musician at his versatile best. From influences ranging from old-school rock and roll, 60’s blues, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal and black metal, the EP presents itself as a testament to the diverse music that we hear within the Heavy Metal genre.
In the year 2018, unafraid to experiment with different styles of music, Bright released a follow-up single “Copious Dreams”, which saw a drastic change in the act’s musical style. The instrumental single of piano medleys with soaring arpeggios built over a backbone of retro electronic percussion is reminiscent of a jazzy-classical music approach to composing a song.
On this anomaly, in an otherwise Heavy Metal catalog, Preetam comments – “At the time I was listening to a lot of Jazz musicians who influenced the world of instrumental music. ‘Copious Dreams’ was first composed on a guitar and it was only much later that I decided to shift the track from guitar and drums onto piano and electronic percussion instead. Honestly, I just thought it sounded better on the piano. And this was a good musical break for me from the extreme ten-track record I was working on after ‘Screeching Fingers'”.
It took ‘Bright’ two more years after this to release “Luminescent Being” in the covid pandemic world of 2020. The album, from start to finish, is relentless, reckless and unapologetically extreme. With the intro to the album still having traces of electronic percussion behind it, like ‘Copious Dreams’, gives the listener a taste of what is going to follow. In addition, what follows are eight tracks of pure heavy metal madness and a somber outro. Unlike the debut EP – “Screeching Fingers”, the tracks have no guitar solos over them, but thrive on intense simplistic guitar riffs and blast beats. The official music video for the title track of the album captures the intensity behind the music and much like any of Bright’s work, is left up to the interpretation of the viewer. ‘Nothing But Heart’ also features as Track 10 in the recent “Extreme Lockdown 2020” compilation album which contains tracks from underground bands from all around India.
“I think I write instrumental music because I can connect with people without the use of words making the experience that much more powerful. I believe music transcends language. My goal usually is to make the listener think – “Hmm, I think and feel like this sometimes too”.