The Brilliance Releases New Album “Suite No. 2 World Keeps Spinning: An Antidote to Modern Anxiety”: Streaming
- New York City-based alt-pop duo The Brilliance, consisting of David Gungor and John Arndt, released their sophomore album “Suite No. 2 World Keeps Spinning: An Antidote to Modern Anxiety” on January 10th. It is their first LP in two years.
McKenzie Smith and Tyler Chester, and orchestra players and choir members from Biola University in La Mirada, California played on the album.
The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas. The sound is a masterful blend of classical music and modern electro-pop music. But it is reminiscent of The Beatles.
“The music is always about something larger than ourselves or our own self expression,” John Arndt told American Songwriter about the classical music influenced album.
“Stravinsky’s Firebird represents earth in its grandest, most overwhelming, 2001 Space Odyssey sense and Bach’s piece embodies the history of intelligent life on earth,” he says, emphatically. “It’s all of the things we think are so important and all of our conflicts, wars, achievements, and stories. At the end, the earth wins out. That concept became the bedrock for this album.”
- “Throughout the record, there are echoes of humanity,” David Gungor said. “So many times, in the west and as an American, my personhood is only defined as ‘I think therefore I am.’”
“That’s great, but on the other end, it can be super lonely. What if I think differently than my community? What if I am struggling with anxiety and I feel all alone? One of the things about being human is we’re always connected to humanity’s past and humanity’s future,” he says. “As you deal with anxiety and you look inward, it will always, even if you look for peace on the inside, lead you to people around you. I hope people honestly look inward about their anxiety.”
- source : American Songwriter