Thursday, October 4, 2012

Brasstronaut - Mean Sun

On first impression Mean Sun might just sound like a more ambient Broken Bells - and you wouldn't be wrong.
In a sense, vocalist Edo Van Breemen does kind of sound like Brian Mercer, but Brasstronaut is so much more. It's not catchy pop hooks. Or rather not just catchy pop hooks; they're cleverly interwoven with Jazz (Trumpet), Classical (Clarinet, Piano), and Rock (Guitar) elements. But it's also not just background music, it constantly draws you in with its beautiful harmonies. The highlight of the album is the style bending Francisco, that contains one of the best melodies I've ever heard, off an album with some of the best harmonies I've heard. From start to finish Mean Sun is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to and is well deserving of being in our Shadow Polaris Short List.

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