“Run” by @BrandynBurnette contains that hopeful message that everyone needs

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Run”

If the rest of the songs on Brandyn Burnette’s upcoming debut album Emanate are anything like “Run”, or even better than it, we are all in for one of the tastiest treats of 2018 that has been a long time coming.  While these blog pages are a pretty good document for Brandyn’s progressing career since 2014, nothing will go down better than to hear his story (to date, anyway) in music. 

“Run” is the start of a series of autobiographical songs which form Emanate.  It’s also about what led to creating Emanate – in this case, grabbing the opportunity to become an independent musical entity unto himself after his record deal with Warner didn’t work out, and abandoning a NYU scholarship that wasn’t leading in the right direction for him.  Surrounding himself with amazing people, including his intuitive love and co-writer Molly Moore, breaking down genre walls with Cosmos & Creature too, leading to dance club play all over the world by many famous producers/DJ’s, and of course remaining his talented progressive soulful rocker himself, Brandyn makes songs that are tangible, hopeful, and affecting, to share with you.

“Run” has a knowing confident vocal, a great arrangement and instrumentation (yes, more Ryan Svendsen trumpet!).  Seize that moment and make possibility into reality.  Watch the video above for any more convincing that might be needed.

Published in: on May 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin’s @Cloudchord helps @unofficialTHEY transform a 90’s pop classic into “Dante’s Creek”

THEY., “Dante’s Creek” (Cloudchord remix) (free DL)

Fresh off of an insanely catchy redux of Charli XCX’s “Boys”, R&B/electronic duo THEY. bring us “Dante’s Creek” in a remix by Austin’s Cloudchord.  So given that THEY. are the duo of Dante and Drew, you have to circle back to the song title and then spin the song which is of course immediately identifiable in its first verse:  Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want To Wait”, the theme song to 90’s hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek”!  But THEY. have woven it into a progressive soul setting, which is amplified and expanded upon by Cloudchord in his creative and rhythmic remix.  Sax sounds come and go amid the synths while the song retains the immediacy of living life to its fullest as in the original.  Fans of other soulful duos like RKCB and Opia will particularly enjoy this.  Note that it’s Cloudchord’s last remix for a while.  Given the wild promise of last year’s (as it should be) jazzy guitar-drenched Imprint album, it’s definitely time for more originals.  You can get “Dante’s Creek” in its Cloudchord remix for free at the link above.

 

“Manifest” is direct hip hop/progressive soul from @BrandynBurnette’s “Feature Films”

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Manifest”

Brandyn Burnette continues to find unique ways to deliver his contemporary progressive soul takes on important messages.  “Manifest”, the second dip into the upcoming “Feature Films” EP, is about trying to head off what are normally everyday problems before they start and ultimately fester, but what does that really mean in terms of living life in today’s world?  It’s one of Brandyn’s most philosophical offerings to date, this time featuring hip hop verses as well as spoken word, which also makes this particularly personal.  The song it reminds me most of what he’s released so far is the hip hop remix of “I Wanna Be (Free)”.  Brandyn continues to be one-of-a-kind, seemingly carrying his own flag, but if you listen much closer, that flag is for all of us.

New progressive soul from the EP Feature Films is “Escape” by @BrandynBurnette

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Escape”

Ultra-prolific L.A.-based singer/songwriter Brandyn Burnette continues to engage and dazzle his fans, this time with a new burst of songs from his upcoming third EP Feature Films.  Having written and performed some of my favourite music of the last three years through his first two EP’s State I’m In and Made Of Dreams (eight songs of which ended up in my Top 86 Songs of 2016), it’s no surprise that “Escape” shines with a lot of understated, thought-provoking appeal.  The first 2/3 of the song echoes with pent up emotional narrative in a sparse, soulful arrangement.  The remainder of “Escape” advances with a catchy percussion break that starts the trippy journey into an electric guitar-fused finish that is deliberately kept open-ended.  Brandyn always makes his music for your mind and your soul, and “Escape” is a great introduction to Feature Films.  To me, this song is about finding and owning your own brand of escape.  Brandyn is also posting links to the behind-the-scenes creation of his new songs, so watch for them.  In the meantime you can listen to “Escape” above and pick it up on iTunes on Monday January 23.

Published in: on January 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pensive alt.rock “State I’m In”, title song from @BrandynBurnette’s new EP

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “State I’m In”

Brandyn’s next EP itself is on deck now for June 24, but its title song has arrived.  It’s one of Brandyn’s most different songs, a song that he started to write as a kid and finished as an adult.  It’s cool that the same basis for the song has resonated that long.  The song is pensive, positive alt.rock with soulful edges about looking for a better way of dealing with everything, and sometimes knowing that parts of that change must be made hand-in-hand with someone else, creating a more enjoyable ride as two.   As always Brandyn receives excellent musical support and vocals ring nothing but sincere.  On a side note, I think Win & Woo and Kiso Armic could tackle another remix here 😉  Pick up “State I’m In” on iTunes ahead of the EP’s release.

Published in: on June 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Right backatcha: “Karma” by @BrandynBurnette

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Karma”

I’m loving the previews from Brandyn Burnette’s upcoming EP State I’m In.  Preview #3 is “Karma”, in which Brandyn continues to posit his older-than-his-years-wisdom through song.  What I also enjoy about “Karma” is an arrangement that switches it up several times and keeps you guessing as to where it might be heading.  What starts as what might seem like a fairly straight forward pop song segues into an electronic backdrop with subsequent additions of some streetwise R&B vocals from Brandyn, and ultimately ends with a slight synthpop flourish.    The flavours and vibes are all here folks, keeping you entertained as you chill.  Even if you have your own definition of “Karma” you’ll definitely appreciate how Brandyn can make you relate.  While State I’m In is not long to arrive, you can pick up “Karma” right now on iTunes.

Going deeper: “Underneath” by @BrandynBurnette

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Underneath”

It’s been nary a blink since Brandyn Burnette’s EP Made Of Dreams dropped last November, and the prolific Brandyn already has a bunch of new songs to spring on you in the form of another upcoming EP titled State I’m In. Brandyn’s faithful fans can guess that “Underneath” is another winner, which contains a similar progressive soul vibe as “Nothing At All” from the Dreams EP, and also recalls at times the low-fi demo that Brandyn put online last year called “1,000 Degrees of Separation”. While the lyrics are personal and touching as always, “Underneath” has a lot of contemporary style seemingly rooted in rock and roll and R&B of the past – think Hall & Oates meet Tom Waits meets John Mayer meets Allen Stone….. to start.  Win & Woo (the pair who made that sunny remix of “Made Of Dreams” which is climbing the BILLCS Top 30) get to the heart of what Brandyn’s song is all about with their attentive production.