Review: Brass – Set & Drift

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Label: self-released

Released: January 25, 2008

I seem to be using the word “angular” an awful lot these days and while that usually means I’m listening to something I enjoy, the post-punk influence is becoming so commonplace that it also begs the question, “What’s special about this one?” With Brass, the answer is that they take their mathy angles and smooth them out with fluid bass lines and pleading vocals. Although slightly reminiscent of Michael Stipe at times, the vocals never cross the line into whininess. What’s great is that the music is patient. It’s agitated but never frantic as if it’s coming to a boil, but not quite boiling. It shakes without jarring. The album comes in just under 30 minutes, but seems so much longer, not because it’s boring, but because it accomplishes so much in that time. It’s so much bigger than what usually comes out of a half hour.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 8/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

Don’t forget to check out Brass’ new digital EP, A Small Breath.



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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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