“Light of Day” from Bruce Gibson’s new album Moments in Between is an ideal single from an album that should solidify Gibson’s standing as one of the finest songwriters working today, regardless of scene. There’s tangible substance to this single that never overreaches its ability in an effort to leave listeners with a memorable track and the writing talent behind its composition is apparent in every second and line. Gibson is based out of the area surrounding Atlanta, Georgia and the mix of southern influences in his music neatly dovetails into his influences from more melodic forces like McCartney/Lennon and John Denver, among others. “Light of Day” will linger with listeners long after the last note fades and it stands as a bright, shining example of Gibson’s exponentially growing talents and the limits of his potential appear nowhere in sight.
The combination of Gibson’s writing and vocals are the unquestionable highlight of “Light of Day”. Saying that doesn’t diminish the contributions in other areas of the songwriting or the musicians, but it recognizes that the primary reason why we’re here and will keep coming back for revolves around the deeply felt and exceptionally well honed dual performance we enjoy from Gibson’s singing and his writing. There’s a deft balance his compositions between straight forward lines and more stylized, even imagery driven passages that helps add this song up to something more substantive than you might believe going in. Gibson’s voice is on the higher end of the singing scale, but it never sounds overly delicate and aches with emotion from the first line to the last. There’s some secondary singing along the way that further sweetens the mix, but the focus remains on his singing throughout. It’s focus well placed.
The various musical colors cohering with this song are key to helping it come off. It doesn’t enjoy the same primacy in the mix that we hear in the focus on Gibson’s singing, but there’s a wide range of instrumentation put to work in the aid of the song and there’s not a single note of self indulgence weighing down the performance. Instead, it has an impressively melodic aura from the first and not the sort of gossamer like incandescence that too many younger performers associate with folk influenced material. Instead, “Light of Day” is full of joy and genuine gravitas alike – he makes it sounds like the personal stakes are high for me and that means it’s a more invigorating listen from the start. Bruce Gibson’s musical gifts are destined to take him all over the world and all the evidence a listener needs to prove that point comes through in his recording of “Light of Day”. It’s a melodic and deeply meaningful cut free from any artifice and charged with rare beauty in an increasingly musically desolate era. He’s the real deal and he’s only going to get better from here.