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Lightning Bug Announces “A Color Of The Sky” for 25th June via Fat Possum

March 18, 2021
Credit: Ingmar Chen

LIGHTNING BUG

ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

& SHARES FIRST SINGLE “THE RIGHT THING IS HARD TO DO

A Color of the Sky out 25th June on Fat Possum

Lightning Bug–the project of musicians and friends Audrey Kang, Kevin Copeland, Logan MIley, Dane Hagen and Vincent Puleo–announces the band’s third album, A Color of the Sky. A Color of the Sky is an album of many firsts: the band’s first album with their new label home, Fat Possum, the band’s first time recording together as a live band, and the first time Lightning Bug, initially a three-piece, is rounded out by Hagen and Puleo as full-time band members. Recorded in a rundown home-turned makeshift studio in the Catskills, A Color of the Sky finds Lightning Bug sounding more organic, dynamic and lush than ever, while also finding the band’s songwriter Audrey Kang sounding bolder than before. Pre-order A Color of the Sky, out 25th June on Fat Possum HERE

To celebrate the album announcement, Lightning Bug also shares the first single off of the forthcoming record.  Lead single “The Right Thing Is Hard To Do” brings together a dreamy country motif with Lightning Bug’s boundless guitar pop to transportive effect. As Kang examines her struggles with vulnerability and self-worth, connecting those personal issues with global ones, the music sways and glimmers like water in moonlight. Growth and self-acceptance have rarely sounded so otherworldly—yet so intimate—as they do across A Color of the Sky, and this first single is a prime example of that. Listen to the song and watch the Melanie Kleid-animated video HERE

Audrey Kang on “The Right Thing Is Hard To Do”:

“Here I wanted to connect how the struggles and flaws within the individual are mirrored in the greater problems of society. How do we as individuals know we are on the right path? How do we as a society, as a species, know we are on the right path? So I started with myself, and my own struggles, touching on how I hide myself away from other people, on my stage fright, on my inability to be vulnerable, on this feeling I used to have that I needed to prove I was worthy of being alive. Then I tried to connect these struggles outward to global issues like xenophobia, arbitrary borders, the lines we draw between ourselves and the environment, and the ways we sacrifice the health of the planet for human convenience.”

Lightning Bug surrounds their listeners with this stunning warmth that resonates throughout their new composition. “The Right Thing Is Hard To Do” opens with this crucial yet comforting atmosphere that continues to consume you throughout its development. Fragile yet sublime vocal harmonies allow this emotive lyrical journey to create such an impact on any audience. A raw yet deeply complex ensemble, 3 minutes 30+ of this dreamy exploration that completely draws you into its hypnotic melody and fails to let you leave. Expressive and poignant.

A Color of the Sky Tracklisting:

  1. The Return
  2. The Right Thing Is Hard To Do
  3. September Song, pt. ii
  4. Wings of Desire 
  5. The Chase
  6. Song of the Bell 
  7. I Lie Awake 
  8. Reprise
  9. A Color of the Sky
  10. The Flash

More on Lightning Bug and A Color of the Sky:

In the third week of August 2019, along the windy coastline of southern Washington, musician and singer Audrey Kang arrived at a festival of kites. She made the stop during a trek across the Pacific Northwest, where she camped, hiked, surfed, and wandered alone in the area’s lush natural reserves. “I get a lot of inspiration from nature,” she says. “If I look at the sky and do a lot of nothing in nature alone—I don’t know. The songs just come.” The trip followed a series of endings in her life—work, love, relationships—that felt like an upheaval. Yet Audrey found peace and contentment there on the coast. “I really didn’t know what my life was going to look like,” she remembers. “But at the kite festival, I knew that each day I’d see a lot of beautiful kites, and each evening I’d watch the sunset and sleep on the beach. I felt like nothing could hurt me.”

What Audrey experienced during that trip, what she realized while watching the kites, would plant the seeds for A Color of the Sky, the third album by her band Lightning Bug. A record equally about quiet introspection and broad existential questions, A Color of the Sky reflects the journey of its songwriter emerging from intense self-doubt to find herself changed. “I trusted no one, and was very unhappy with who I was,” Audrey shares. “The key shift in my psyche was the realization that I was the sole person responsible for my life and happiness. That life holds no more and no less than the very purpose you give it yourself.” 

Unsurprisingly for an album about transforming one’s inner world, A Color of the Sky follows after Lightning Bug’s outer world changed as well. Their 2019 album October Song caught the attention of longstanding indie label Fat Possum, who reissued the LP and signed the band onto their roster. Audrey and her collaborators, Kevin Copeland (guitar, vocals) and Logan Miley (engineer, synths, textures), also added new members to their live band, who joined them in recording for the first time. Along with Dane Hagen (drums) and Vincent Puleo (bass), Lightning Bug turned a rundown old house in the Catskills into a makeshift studio. But despite the new surroundings and opportunities, some things didn’t change at all. “We stuck to the same DIY, our-own-world approach as previous records,” Audrey elaborates on their recording process. Which seems abundantly clear listening to A Color of the Sky. This isn’t a young band searching for its identity, but rather a cohesive group of artists honing their sound to perfection.

Lightning Bug recording together as a live band helped make A Color of the Sky feel more organic, dynamic, and full than their previous albums. It also enhanced Audrey’s newfound sense of clarity and confidence in her songwriting. “Songs in the past sometimes felt muddled, or I felt lost where to take them,” she elaborates. “But for this one, each song felt like a whole entity from conception.” The change is undeniable. Her voice is more pronounced than ever, the arrangements streamlined, the messages more palpable—all in service of an immersive emotional resonance. “I want listeners to explore their own interior worlds,” she concludes. “It’s about learning to trust yourself, about being deeply honest with yourself, and about how self-acceptance yields a selfless form of love.

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