Posts tagged ‘Bronson’

December 23, 2011

Abbytron’s Top 20 Albums of 2011

Chances are you’ve already seen tons of Best of 2011 lists already, but as a music blogger, I of course have to throw in my two cents. As usual, it’s been a phenomenal year for music lovers like myself, and I’ve spent all of 2011 digging into new releases like it’s going outta style. While I certainly didn’t hear it all, I heard enough to have a pretty good idea of what stands out ahead of the pack. So this is just a rundown of the 10 frontrunners (plus 10 more that vied hardily for those positions) that I believe should absolutely not go overlooked.

1. Noah Gundersen – Family
Okay, so technically this is an EP. But it’s seven songs long, which to me qualifies as full enough to make my list. I mean, as you can see, I’m ranking it No. 1, and if I had to acknowledge it as an EP, then I wouldn’t be able to include it on this list at all. And that, my friends, would be a monumental shame because Noah Gundersen’s music sounds like it was made by angels. So, I said screw it, this is my list and I’m leaving it on. The Seattle musician has a little masterpiece on his hands with Family — at times cleanly rootsy and others softly dulcet. He’s a young man, but his songwriting chops (not to mention his lyrics) are some of the most seasoned and professional I’ve ever witnessed.

Nashville – Noah Gundersen

2. Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
I don’t know what I can say about this album that I didn’t already say in my review earlier this year. Basically, if you’ve heard Timber Timbre before (especially the trio’s 2009 self-titled album), then you can rest assured that Creep On Creepin’ On is more of what you already know and love. As you can tell, Timber Timbre continues to grow and change yet still hold onto its brooding exterior through all its subtle evolutions from one album to the next.

Too Old to Die Young – Timber Timbre

3. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
I’d heard of the Rural Alberta Advantage before, but it was this year that I fell in love with them. A lot of people have seemed unimpressed with Departing, the folk-rock band’s sophomore album. But it’s brought me nothing but joy, despite the tragic tales set forth by the pained vocals of Nils Edenloff. The fact is, these singable melodies about the darker sides of life and love have been occupying my ears nearly all year, and I’ve found I still can’t get enough.

Coldest Days – The Rural Alberta Advantage

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November 15, 2011

Free Bandcamp Pick Of The Week: Bronson

No one knows me like Hearingade’s fearless leader, Abby. Magic happened when we were brought together by a fateful tweet from Archie Powell & The Exports keyboardist Ryan and we’ve been multi-continental(-ish, kind of… Not really) best friends ever since. In fact, just the other day my irl bestie asked me who it is that I’m always texting. The answer? Abby! Even when she’s not visiting my homestate of Michigan, she’s with me in spirit via a constant barrage of texts from me about… Well, boys and music, mostly. And so it is, whenever Abby recommends a band to me, I tend to immediately fall in love. And that’s how it went last week with my Abby-assisted discovery of Bronson.

Who is Bronson? What is Bronson? Where did Bronson come from? I don’t know. All I know is that the band’s recently released Paper Tusk is amazing and you can grab Bronson’s Is More (Mixtape) for free.

Since Abby told me about Bronson, I’ve spent a lot of my time spinning Paper Tusk and I’ve grown quite fond of it which is nice because it’s been a while since I’ve been excited about new music. Lead track “Golden Palms” recalls all the things I like about Vampire Weekend without ever including all the many things I don’t like about Vampire Weekend. That being said, the rest of the album doesn’t remind me of Vampire Weekend at all. In fact, some tracks get super folk-y but no matter what genre you feel like classifying Bronson as, each track is richly textured with layers of deliberate sound. Later tracks on the disc have a seductive darkness alongside a shoe-gaze-y spaciness. It’s so appealing that my urge to listen to Paper Tusk all the way through was interrupted a number of times by my desire to go back and re-listen to jams like “My Idle Bed.”

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