Daily Archives: July 10, 2012
July 10th is a great day for music. Today we saw the release of Positive Force, Confess and Swing Lo Magellan. But today was also the release of Bravestation’s debut album, Giants & Dreamers. And I’m telling you that this is the album you want to hear (as good as those other albums are). Giants & Dreamers is a strong full length that pulls influences from 80s New Wave and dreamy tropical pop and sounds a bit like a mix between Yeasayer and Depeche Mode but with a twist all their own. Perhaps what makes the album so unique is it’s fluency. Each song flows seemlessly into the next one in terms of mood and style as the album moves from the dreamland opener “Tides of the Summit,” leading the listener into a strange new land, to the closing ballad “Future Love,” full of deep bass drums. And, in between, the journey of a tribe. We hear the Bravestation tribe as they struggle to find their place in a confused and corrupt world. Sometimes they seem to fight back as in “Amaranthine,” a strong yet ethereal song about resistance. Other times Bravestation seem to call for unity like on, what is probably the strongest song on the album “Signs of the Civilized.” Throughout, you’ll hear familiar instruments, like booming drums, eeirie high-pitched synthesizers, and quacking electric guitars and around strong lead vocals. These sounds serve as the perfect vessel for transportation to a new world, something unusual yet somehow familiar. A bit of tropical deja vu on distant shores. If you’re looking for a summer album that will really take you places, look no further than Giants & Dreamers, out today on Led Astray Music.
Bravestation – Western Thrills
Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized