David Bronson – Story (2012)
This year has been a great year for music; several legendary bands have made epic comeback albums while a number of new artists have popped up with a fresh take on the world. Unfortunately, when so many good records are available, independent artists often get lost in the shuffle. David Bronson is one such musician that should not be overlooked.
Bronson, a singer/songwriter, has a different sound that is impossible to pigeonhole. The songs do not sound like anything on commercial radio, but are quite good nonetheless. Bronson has an off-beat vocal delivery over instrumentation that is almost reminiscent of classic David Bowie, even though he is not British. Maria Neckam provides a female voice on the album, but until she takes the spotlight on “Us,” the listener might not even notice she is there; her backing vocals blend in beautifully with the sounds that support Bronson’s Story. Her contributions, especially on “Us” and “Adrift,” have a haunting quality that might remind some of the Velvet Underground and Nico.
Story might not make many year-end lists for best albums, but it should certainly get a few honorable mention nods. A well-produced independent album with solid writing and performance is a rare thing indeed.
1. The Turns
5. The Ones
9. Watch the Sun (October Reprise)
11. Unending (Underture)