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Bright Moments on World Cafe | July 26, 2012

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Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has recorded and toured with bands like Coldplay, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Beirut since 2006, but he's stepped into his own spotlight since forming the sunny pop band Bright Moments.

Pratt started writing while on tour, and first released a solo disc in 2008 under the name Team B, but found himself restricted to recording solely on his laptop. Wanting to make music without the limitations of a tour schedule, he formed the solo project Bright Moments. By 2010, he was recording by himself in his Brooklyn apartment, and later recruited musician friends from Beirut, Spoon and Akoya Afrobeat to aid in recording and production.

The result is Natives, released in February. The album fuses electronic, folk and rock music — and, as a result of his career as a touring musician, much of the songs involve travel narratives. Natives highlights Pratt's songwriting and vocal efforts, while also showcasing his love of brass and wind instruments.

In this session of World Cafe, Pratt discusses the new album, his inspiration for certain songs on Natives and the source of his new project's name with host David Dye. (link)


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Scott Matthews "Dream Song" Passing Stranger
The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee" Walk Away Renee / Pretty allerina
Diego Garcia "You Were Never There" Laura
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Paul Weller "Sunflower" Modern Classics
((Bright Moments "Tourists" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bright Moments "Travelers" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bright Moments "Milwaukee Protocol" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bright Moments "Tourists" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bright Moments "Behind the Gun" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bright Moments "Travelers" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Mood Swings "State of Independence" State of Independence
Foster the People "Helena Beat" Torches
Dirty Projectors "Gun has No Trigger" Swing Lo Magellan
((Choir of Young Believers "Hollow Talk" This Is For the Whites In Your Eyes))


Mott the Hoople "All the Way from Memphis" Mott
The Black Keys "10 AM Automatic" Rubber Factory
John Lennon "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" The John Lennon Collection
The Grates "Turn Me On" Secret Rituals
Pete Yorn "Life on a Chain" Musicforthemorningafter
((Paul Raz "Mama" Revolucion))
Muñequitos de Matanzas "D' palo pa rumba" D' palo pa rumba
Pedro Martinez Group "Que Palo" Que Palo
Las Krudas "Vamo a vence'" Hip Hop Cubano CD2
((Pedrito Martinez Band "Que Palo" Unreleased Demo))
Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break It Yourself
Sugar "If I Can't Change Your Mind" Copper Blue
The War on Drugs "Come to the City" Slave Ambient
The Civil Wars "Barton Hollow" Barton Hollow
Nick Lowe "Poor Side of Town" The Convincer
((The Dears "Disclaimer" Missiles))