Bright Archer / Hidden Systems
Album:Hidden Systems Collection:General
Artist:Bright Archer Added:Jun 2011
Label:Bear Island Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-01-16 Pull Date:2012-03-19 
Week Ending:Mar 4Feb 26Feb 5

Recent Airplay
1.Feb 29, 2012:Modern Donkey - Beats
Hidden Systems
3.Feb 03, 2012:InAcrossAwayFromMe
No Comprehension
2.Feb 22, 2012:The Fall of Math
Skies Open Wide
4.Feb 01, 2012:Modern Donkey - Nontraditional Song Structures
Heart Of A Tree

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2012-01-11 
Bright Archer is Johanna Kunin, who composes, sings, and plays piano. RIYL female light rock / pop. More indie than Tori Amos, Sarah McL, Regina Spektor, et al, but definitely that same idea. This deserves some airtime. Not a super strong singer, but quite pleasing. The songs, piano, and arrangements make the record. She’s backed by various musicians on each track: three different drummers, 2 bassists, some horns, woodwinds & strings, vibes.

No FCC issues.

1. Mid tempo. Breathy vocal with steady piano arpeggios, stirring strings, bells. (2:38)
2. * Slow & gentle. A bit airy. She sings two tracks to nice effect. (3:02)
3. * A bit peppier. Could be a Carol King song. Trumpet is a nice touch. (2:38)
4. ** Mid-tempo. Lush arrangement has strings, flute, French horn. Quite nice. (2:57)
5. * Mid-tempo. Joni Mitchell-like vocal. Fades out very soft. (4:31)
6. Mid-tempo again, but with some drive from the drums. A bit sad. Lots of strings. (4:16)
7. * Slow, pretty. Deceptively simple, like a children’s song. Subtle guitar & winds. (3:06)
8. ** Faster, with a jazzy bounce. Horns give it an upbeat feel. Sudden stop. (2:40)
9. ** Mid-tempo. A pretty gem of a pop song. Lush strings. One of her better singing performances. Final third is an orchestral fade with background noises. (4:33)
10. Metronome piano. Sort of a downer. (2:45)
11. Up-tempo and upbeat. Kinda cutesy. Not bad, but not as good as some others. (3:54)

Track Listing
1.Featherweight 6.Tomorrow
2.Ascension 7.Heart Of A Tree
3.Road 8.Skies Open Wide
4.Hidden Systems 9.No Comprehension
5.Sunrising 10.Underground
 11.The Giver's Gone