Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The utter conviction and stark yet fiery edges of Bright Channel's music contrast sharply with the swirling, drifting, ethereal sound of Volplane, the previous project of Jeff Suthers and Shannon Stein. From 1997 to 1999, prior to forming Bright Channel, the duo wrote atmospheric music on par with the shoegazers of the early '90s, hallmarked by a heady blending of soaring dissonance, glittering ambience and a cavernous low end, coupled with melodies as beautiful as a clear night sky away from the big city. Even a cursory listen to the act's seventeen-track retrospective evokes the otherworldly calm and obsessive intensity of the euphoric fevers found in a Werner Herzog film. Or, to put it another way, if the hypnogogic state had a specific frequency, it would most likely be found in a Volplane song. A fearless dive into the wide expanses of inner space, 1997 - 1999 is breathtaking from beginning to end.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.