Brighter, Disney & Other Singles

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 10.13.11 in Reviews

More than any other group, Brighter exemplified the sound of Sarah Records — chime and ache above all else. They never recorded a proper album, but this collection of their 1989-92 singles and EPs captured the evolution of their starry-eyed drone from pure Jesus & Mary Chain-isms (“Inside Out” might as well be a response to “Upside Down”) to something that fit in with the gentler end of the early ’90s shoegaze scene. And Sarah aficionados may want to take note of “So You Said,” singer/guitarist Keris Howard’s critique of the label’s slow mutation into a commercial force in British indie circles.