You will have heard (or heard of) Bright Eyes. If the name doesn’t ring a bell then the music will. But as vastly popular as bright eyes are, I’ve found through the millions of conversations I’ve had with like minded people, the collaborative split E.P. recorded with Neva Dinova “One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels”, seems to have escaped the public ear. Somehow, everyone seems to start with the 2005 album “I’m wide awake, it’s morning” and then follow on chronologically. There’s no harm in this, I’ll be one of the first to defend any Bright Eyes record… well at least up until the 2007 “Cassadaga” album but that’s for my own personal reasons and another story for another time. For whatever reason the 2004 album “One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels” gets skipped and overlooked. It is for this reason I have made this issue about this underground album instead of an underground artist, despite how popular both bright eyes and Neva Dinova already are. This is a record that was ignored so much, that saddle creek records deemed it necessary to re-release it in 2010.
There’s a funny story in that actually. In 2010 I was probably going through the worst of my mental health issues. One day in that year I saw a post online saying “ New bright eyes/Neva Dinova album” and being more excited than a cigar smoker in Cuba, I clicked the link to take me on to Youtube only finding myself listening to songs I already knew. Any rational human being would have gathered it was a re-release with added songs, been disappointed as hell and then slunk away. Not me though. In the state I was in, I deemed it more realistic that I dreamt up the album before it got written. And if that’s not crazy enough I genuinely panicked on what the world will think of my new power. I didn’t calm down for about ten minutes when I read the word “re-release”. The longest ten minutes of my life.
ANYWAY, enough rambling. Neva Dinova are as underrated as nights in with wine. By that I mean just because everybody else is somewhere else, that doesn’t necessarily mean its the best place to be. But there’s something different about this E.P. I think maybe it’s because it almost sounds like the whole album was written around a bonfire. It has that closeness where you can imagine how well they get on externally just from the music. However in the re-release, bright eyes and Neva Dinova added 4 new tracks to the front of this already beautiful E.P. And to be fair to myself, I have to say how I think the newer tracks on the album have less of that warm “singing with your oldest friends” type feeling. To help you understand what I’m trying to say, it was a bit like if you could imagine the Beatles later adding on more tracks to Sargent pepper’s. I’m not saying these tracks won’t still be genius. I’m more suggesting that old saying of sometimes “less is more”.
Unlike the last two issues I’ve posted up, this is actually incredibly easy to listen to. So much so that I feel like it’s that time you should go and give it a listen. My only advice for it is, if you do get the 2010 addition (as opposed to the 2004), I would listen to it how it was originally intended to be heard, form track 5 onward and after hearing that then going back and deciding on the others. That probably has more to do with me trying to preserve the memories of my youth than the sound of it. But as always, listen to your ears more than my words.
WHERE CAN I FIND IT ??
link 1 takes you to where you can purchase the album. The following links are to the tracks from the album on youtube. Both Neva Dinova and bright eyes are easy enough to google.
P.S. The last track “spring cleaning” is my favourite.