A close up of a man with short hair, with one tattooed hand in front of his face


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Brightly is Charlie Gleason, a musician, programmer and computer science dropout.

He threads together folk, electronica, and surreptitious recordings of children screaming in airplanes with projects that explore the intersection of technology, music, and art.

Reviews and Media

"[...] Charlie Gleason writes such heartbreaking lyrics it's hard not to indulge yourself. With its mix of folk, pop and electronica, [...] ‘Oh, Infinity’ is a profound collection of tracks with a stellar lineup of Melbourne musicians behind it."
—"Oh, Infinity" review

Publications and Coverage

Lysterfield Lake: Machine learning, art, accelerometers, and the joy of slow progress
Brightly:Lysterfield Lake is a song about a place outside Melbourne, Australia. It’s about the endless summers of your youth, and the tiny changes in you that you don’t even notice adding up. It’s also about…
Ten Years
Brightly:'I've been listening to this song for almost a decade. It's depressing how fast the time flows.'
One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
Sounds of Oz:The very best albums, in my opinion, are the ones where artists lay their souls bare. Where they strip back all the artifice and leave themselves exposed and vulnerable. It’s rare to hear music tha…
One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
AAA Backstage:Album Review: Brightly 'One For Sorrow, Two For Joy'
One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
The Brag:★★★ Like M&M’s through popcorn or fries dipped in ice-cream, electronic musician Brightly’s latest LPOne For Sorrow, Two For Joyis a peculiar clashing of musical flavours that will either charm or alarm you. Perhaps both. Reverberating with dewy chords, blustery synths and dreamy delay, it’s unsurprising to learn that this third crowd-funded release from the […]
The 7 Local Records You Should Be Listening To This Week
Tone Deaf:We listen to a lot of music here at Tone Deaf HQ, and we’re the first to admit we’re perhaps a little biased towards sounds of the Australian variety. We
Making Sad Songs You Can Dance To
Zealous:Australian songwriter Charlie Gleason drops in to tell us how he moved from guitar-wielding troubadour to electronic music producer.
One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
Pop Rinse Repeat:Showcasing the best in up and coming music and maybe some tried and true artists as well.
Brightly Unveils Stunning New LP
Tone Deaf:London based Aussie Brightly aka Charlie Gleason is gearing up to release his stunning new LP, One For Sorrow, Two For Joy (out this coming Friday, June
One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
Renowned For Sound:Album Review: Brightly – One For Sorrow, Two For Joy – Renowned For Sound
Feelin’ dirty?
Happy Mag:Brightly comes across as some sort of technological wizard, and his new single Rugby is no exception to that expectation. Pure genius.
I Will Never Let You Go
The FWA:An interactive WebGL music video, using a mixture of web technologies and ghosts of the past.
Oh, Infinity review
NME Magazine:Oh gosh. nmemagazine called Oh, Infinity, “a...
Keep Me Close
I Heart Moosiq:Brightly, a band from Melbourne, Australia, was formed by Charlie Gleason, who was a programmer and computer science dropout. He started the folk and electronic act in his bedroom before it flourished...
Oh, Infinity Premiere
Tone Deaf:Formed by musician, programmer, and computer science dropout Charlie Gleason, Brightly is an indie pop/ folk/ electronica three piece based in Melbourne.
Triple J Unearthed:Rate, review and download True on Triple J...
Me And All My Friends:Oh goodness. I'm writing this post in parts. I'm currently at uni (on a Saturday) and I'm meant to be transcribing some interview data. But even though I've had some amazing and illuminating chats with young people about music-making and I love listening back to them, the actual practice of typing, command tabbing back and…
Portadelphia Mixtape
Portadelphia:portadelphia: SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES // 5 October...
Issue 26: True, A Web Audio Music Video
Web Audio Weekly:Web Audio Weekly brings you the latest news and links about the Web Audio API, the Web MIDI API and the future of audio on the web.
Check out the newest single by Brightly
Under The Gun:Check Out the Newest Single By Brightly | Under the Gun Review
Brightly - True
Indie Shuffle:Listen to and download Brightly - True. Sounds like: The Postal Service, Patrick Wolf, Made in Japan | What's so good? Listen to a curated playlist crafted from this song.
Interview / Panel show
EP/LP:Host: Mike O'DonoghuePanelists: Simon Lam (I'lls), Nic Lam (Brightly), Tegan Higginbotham & Greg LarsenTeam Captains: Beck Russo, Adam KnoxVisit http://lpep....
Best of 2013
Me And All My Friends:Ok, so here we go. This thing is finally up. I could go on about my year and how it's been hard man, but this kid here is finding himself a little resolutionary so I is gonna stop with that 'ahhhh phd's are hard and everything else has suffered as a result' line. This here…
Brightly - World War
Adam Not Eve:Coming off their debut album ‘Beginnings & Endings’ released earlier this year, Melbourne based three-piece Brightly have been quick to follow up with a delightfully warm, honest & stripped...
Brightly - World War
Indie Shuffle:Listen to and download Brightly - World War. Sounds like: Bright Eyes, Patrick Wolf | What's so good? Listen to a curated playlist crafted from this song.
Beginnings & Endings Review
Beat Magazine:Thrilled to see our debut album reviewed in this...
Beginnings & Endings
The Music:If you missed the review of Beginnings & Endings...
Album Launch, Beginnings & Endings
Adam Not Eve:After having Brightly’s debut album ‘Beginnings & Endings’ on repeat for a good half of the week, I was pretty keen to see how they would be able to pull it all off live. I’d heard nothing but ...
Brightly - Preflight Nerves
Beat Magazine
The current state of vinyl in music
Wot's Life:Charlie recently did an interview with the Monash...
Brightly - Sarah
7 Inches:Brooklyn based blog 7 Inches took the time to...
Stoney Roads on Sarah
Stoney Roads:An indie electronic outfit based in Melbourne Australia called Brightly have created a track titled ‘Sarah’…
Live Set
Noise 11:Melbourne electro-folk duo Brightly drop the electro and add a sax to perform three tunes in the Noise11 studios. Brightly are Charlie and Nic, a new duo crafting plaintive electronic folk odes and contrasting them with glittery gigs and snappy