Brilliant at Breakfast formed out of a series of curious coincidences. The band aims to take bedroom musicianship further with cheap instruments, cookies and coffee, and riddles with no answers.
The band is influenced by Sarah Records bands, Amelia Fletcher, Scottish and Swedish pop bands, as well as the writings of Lewis Carroll, e.e.cummings and Lemony Snicket. The result is perky, childish, whimsical songs with themes ranging from comic book superheroes and Greek mythology, to the more mundane things of everyday life (end-of-vacation blues, intoxicating drinks, sugary drinks and unrequited crushes).
They are currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, missing the equator by just about a few hundred kilometers — not that it matters.
RIYL: Annemarie, Tender Trap, Heavenly, Talulah Gosh, The Pastels, Acid House Kings
February 4, 2009: Review of “Strawberry V” single on Skatterbrain:
I don’t quite remember how it was that I happened upon Brilliant at Breakfast’s quaint little MySpace page, but my breakfast this morning (no kidding!) was all the much better for it! … While browsing through their comments, I noticed that they seem to be pals with Annemarie, which makes perfect sense given two points: they’re both from Indonesia, they both play pop songs with equal doses of sunshine and whimsy. It’s not too early to start thinking about Spring, and this song is the perfect way to get yourself in the mood!
EDIT: June 23, 2010: Almost Verbose posted on area 51 del corazon blog.
EDIT: June 24, 2010: Almost Verbose on Happy Pocket blog.
EDIT: June 25, 2010: Almost Verbose mentioned on Beerandbands:
February records (yep them again!) can’t seem to stop putting out stuff of quality at the moment. This time it’s a duo of free downloads for you to wrap your ears round. One is by Brilliant at Breakfast, an E.P entitled Almost Verbose who make absolutely lovely stuff that you owe it to yourself to listen to …
EDIT: June 26, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on Eardrums:
I’m completely in love with their latest release, from the Indonesian band Brilliant At Breakfast. I’ve been aware of this band for some time, and have been waiting for a release from them. “Almost Verbose” is the title of the ep, and it includes four very good, sweet and melodic indiepop-songs. Brilliant At Breakfast sound brilliant also at lunch and dinner-time.
EDIT: July 1, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on Side Ponytail:
“Splashdown,” the first song on Brilliant at Breakfast’s new EP, Almost Verbose, starts out with the white noise of seagulls and waves crashing, and segues seamlessly into a sad and sincere personal narrative accentuated by keyboards, egg shakers, and great vocals that remind me of rocket or chiritori. Brilliant at Breakfast have a soft, sincere sound that reminds me of something you might come across through Shelflife Records, like The Shermans, Moving Pictures, or Language of Flowers. For all the sweetness of Brilliant at Breakfast’s sound, some of their lyrics tend toward the darker side, exploring heartbreak, disappointment, confusion about one’s place in life — it’s a delicate balance to maintain between their music and lyrics, but they do a lovely job.
EDIT: July 3, 2010: Almost Verbose included on Burning World’s Pod Fodder.
EDIT: July 7, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on A Layer Of Chips:
Their myspace page features three precious little songs designed to put a freshly washed duvet over your worries and whisk you off to somewhere a little less stressful. Brilliant at Breakfast remind me a less peppy A Smile and a Ribbon, or, at times the late Harvest Ministers.
EDIT: July 9, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on The Streetlamp Doesn’t Cast Her Shadow Anymore:
The Almost Verbose EP by Brilliant at Breakfast is a fantastic slice of breezy, twee-pop from Indonesia. … the EP has been a particular favourite of both mine and Ray’s this week. I’m not sure why there are so many great twee-pop bands from this part of the world at the moment.
EDIT: Aug. 4, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on Russell’s Reviews:
Next up is the Almost Verbose EP (February Records) by Brilliant At Breakfast. Splashdown is lounge music with gorgeous coquettish female vocals, an even more sensual Sarah Cracknell if you will. Beautiful stuff indeed. Strawberry V is an infectiously catchy breezy bit of summer pop like The Lucksmiths used to make. Nobody Ever Died Of A Broken Heart is some delightful whimsy with a scary pay off, while If Monday’d Never Come is brisk twee pop, like the Concretes gone fey.
EDIT: Aug. 25, 2010: Brilliant at Breakfast on indie-mp3 blog:
You can download two slices of luscious Indonesian indie-pop from Brilliant At Breakfast … It’s the follow up to their free EP which was released on February Records earlier this year. One for fans of all things Sarah Records.
EDIT: Aug. 30, 2010: Almost Verbose reviewed on 0001763 blog:
this ep is fantastic. sweet, soft and catchy indonesian bedroom pop. a must see.