Fronted by songwriter David Gungor and composer John Arndt, The Brilliance have risen to become one of indie-pop’s most impressive new duos. With a distinct sound that blends textured acoustic sounds with more vibrant electronica, they’ve forged a symphonic pop sound that has struck a chord across the globe. With over 600,000 people tuning in to listen on Spotify every month, they are a band on the cusp of greatness.
With a new album on the horizon, The Brilliance are currently championing the release of their fifth and final single from new records, ‘Suite No. 2, World Keeps Spinning: An Antidote to Modern Anxiety’. Titled ‘Must Admit’, the new single was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas, only a mile from the border. It’s a song about “learning how to cope with change and hoping for a better future. Nothing lasts forever," said composer John Arndt. It’s a concept taken to the very heart of the song, and it opens with bittersweet audio taken from the sounds of a choir that assembled in Paris to perform a vigil as Notre Dame was engulfed in flames.
“Their voices were so moving and I was struck how the sound matched the sentiment of this song” explained Arndt who also enlisted the Biola University Orchestra to lend a distinct richness to the rhythm section. Rounding out the musical ensemble is Mckenzie Smith on drums, Tyler Chester on bass, Brennan Smiley on guitar, and Jarod Evans in charge of the mix.
A stunning example of the record that’s to come this January, ‘Must Admit’ is a pure glimpse into the theory that runs deep in The Brilliance’s sound. Set to be a concept album released as part two of a series of ‘Suites’, the record continues to explore concepts such as modern anxiety and the search for acceptance and unity.