Album Review: Brolin – The Delta

By on Saturday, 21st November 2015 at 2:30 pm
 

Brolin The Delta album coverThere are very few mysteries still left within the music industry. It’s a place where most things are to be given and digested by the audience very easily, which of course leads to sales, which in turn leads to money. They love money. More recently however there has been an artist causing quite the stir in the dance music scene, and his name is Brolin.

An unknown face to an unforgettable beat and emotive lyrics, you very well may have not heard of Brolin, since he is a man of very few words or performances. His career path, since 2012, never really took into account the need for hype or publicity. Rather, he chose to construct things up in his own time, pacing himself between releases. Even garnering plays from Radio 1, this still didn’t push his aspirations past his own personal goals. He crafts delicately pieced together tracks that feature sweeping percussion and strings, entwining perfectly to create a soundscape perfectly suited to late city nights.

Opening his debut album ‘The Delta’ with one of the singles he teased us with last year, ‘Nightswimming’ is a beautiful breakbeat surrounded by airy synths a la M83, companioned with his soft, carefully cadenced voice. This is everything you’d expect from this dance music Zorro and is the perfect introduction.

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With second track and single ‘Swim Deep’ (emotional video above), things get a little more on the lighter side of things, especially for Brolin. Utilising a pre-chorus that builds to an almost traditional break before dropping with a chorus that travels lightly and dances around with an err of caution. Moving swiftly into his third and most recent release, ‘Kingston’, we get a look into the mind of Brolin better than ever. It’s almost a warning label for what we should expect from him, with a constant verse repetition of “if the eyes are the windows to the soul, you might see I like control”, you get an idea for the kind of mysterious figure we’re dealing with. Someone who knows what they want, how they want to do it and doesn’t care about orthodoxy.

Brolin certainly has a penchant for writing tracks that somehow appear reserved but at the same time have such grandeur about them, almost like a shy socialite. Repetition is a major feature in most of his tracks, which for dance music is fine, but this album to be able to cross over into the mainstream it might hinder his process. Of course, if we’ve learnt anything so far, it’s that he doesn’t care.

Four of the tracks on this album are named after large cities (‘NYC’, ‘Barcelona’, ‘Koln’ (Cologne) and ‘Reykjavik’), which as I previously mentioned is completely apt considering that is all the imagery this album conjures. That is, of late nights in large cities, soundtracked by a marriage of emotion and musical brilliance. Each song builds its own landscape, high-rises of crescendos and falsettos, bustling streets of beats and string sections.

2016 could very well be the year Brolin becomes a name everyone is familiar with, now with a debut release under his belt and the previous accolades, the only thing holding him back will be his ideology, which is fresh in an industry full of the easy and predictable. Maybe being his own downfall will be his biggest asset? Let’s wait and see.

8.5/10

Brolin’s debut album ‘The Delta’ is out now on Megastomo.

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