Year : 2013
Genre : Massively Acoustic Folk/Soft Rock
Official site : > - here - <
Origin : United States
Playfully morose and relentlessly self-reflective, LA based Ted Brown brings you the music that casts orthodoxly behaved-, yet inventively spirited lights on sonic domains showing equal amount of polite compatibility with traveling sessions, stove-based private socialization and public bonfire events. What's not to like out of the three? At surface level inspection, the disc dares to summon and present extremely wide volumetrics in its generic behavior, mapping out all key segments of intensity of the timeless acoustic guitar charms - although, as you will see and hear, decisive favor is observable in the context of ultra-mellow "me and my guitar will make you FEEL!"-statements, the bulk of things to come on this tastefully paced and soberly presented full length.
Brown, luckily enough, does not satisfy easily via simply throwing guitar lesson 101 chords around, and, oftentimes manages to surprise/entertain the ears with thoughtful and muscular harmonic structures that invite all the superb anatomies known to women and men to revisit their inner images of what is possible with the utilization of "mere" moods. These moments truly are magical, and are showcased primarily in the pre-climax segments of track number 4, "Blue and Grey" : a perfect example of Brown's adept inner image of chords and how to throw those around like they mean a thing OR two. Because they do, you know. Listen to this song from 1:15: it is like a badass Nirvana song, now arranged to an odd retirement home intensity, for which it submits for entertainment. Read on to know more about the disc.
As suggested, the album mainly consists of well researched, placid sung melodies offered on top of brightly rendered, luscious analog guitar fascinations, while the tunes in which a more diverse sonic presence emerges to spice the landscape up, are serving as elements of relatively hefty interconnection. The key factor that separates AND elevates Brown's work above the majority of guitar-and-feelings-ridden peers, is a superb understanding of the significance of harmonic variation. You have to scientifically imitate flamboyant spurs of moments in an attempt to make me believe that you just came up with the idea. You either have this talent, or you will suck at it until further notice. (This is the moment by which you realize your party is frequented only by Mr. Jack Daniels and yourself.) Ted Brown is an exquisite and immediate source to recommend if you plan to check out eloquent patterns of harmonic passages, as this alone equates with the very basis of how and why the tracks manage to work as full scale declarations.
As noted, the disc is vastly self-reflective - more than you would assume - and mostly reigns being content with offering patterns of warm, vibrant sounds and relentless gaps to let the aforementioned ingredients leave a definitive mark in. The spin is an easy recommendation approved by your woodburner stove, as it - the album, not the stove - does not commit the mistake of overstaying its welcome via sticking its more morose moods under your nose all THAT much. You are free to relate, and you are free to stay away without feeling yourself like a troll, just because being secretly uninterested/untouched by it at all. It's like with orthodox pop progressions - the sky will rip your mind out every single time you are willing to give fresh eyes to it. You can connect the dots here with a little effort, and this is what the album is about. The melodies are well sculpted, modestly and efficiently presented. "Bringing My Past Back" has a John Lennon's "Imagine" vibe, while managing to claim autonomy. Imagine that, or, better yet - listen to it yourself.
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