Bright Moments may come off as an unabashed pop band, replete with new wave keyboard flourishes and synthesized trumpets and handclaps, but there's a distinct Trad Folk or alternaroots aspect to these slick studio sounds. When vocalist --- starts a line with "the sun shines bright," even though he doesn't follow it with "on my old Kentucky home," it carries you instantly back to the classic tunesmithery of Stephen Foster.
In fact, there are plenty of comparisons to be made between the harmonies and precise instrumental arrangements of Bright Moments and those of such other acknowledged Americanamaniacs as Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. The surface beats and effects, those solos that like Theremins or harpsichords or wind-through-the-trees agree just so much window dressing. Strip these songs down and they'd suit a banjo.
Kelly Pratt, the audio auteur who is Bright Moments, has already proven his eclecticism with such bands as Team B and Akoyo, and through his work with Beirut, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem. With Bright Moments, Kelly Pratt takes on the entirety of 20th century popular music. That's some monumental moment.
Bright Moments is Kelly Pratt's new project - multi-instrumentalist for Beirut, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem among others. Natives is the spiritual sequel to his earlier band Team B, recorded with Beirut's rhythm section (Nick Petree and Paul Collins) and accordionist (Perrin Cloutier), as well as the drummer from Pratt's former Afrobeat band Akoya. Pratt spent a year in his home studio or "instrument graveyard" alongside field recordings, found sounds sourced from all over the planet, and reinforcements from Team B, Beirut, Yellow Ostrich and Spoon's Jim Eno behind the mixing board. The band performs as a 5-piece and were one of Time Magazine's 'Bands To Watch' at SXSW this year.Bright Moments plays the Heirloom Arts Theatre (155 Main St., Danbury) June 15 with Jukebox the Ghost and Savoir Adore. $15. Doors open 7 p.m.