Release Date: Jun 12, 2012
Record label: Out
BRASSTRONAUT play NXNE on June 15 at a tba venue. Rating: NNNN There's something calm and confident about Brasstronaut's second album, 10 tracks of atmospheric, spacious soundscapes pushed along and given shape by Edo Van Breeman's intimate vocals, gentle melodies and space-themed lyrics. The Vancouver jazz-influenced indie rock band uses an uncommon mix of instruments.
Brasstronaut's previous album, 2010's Mount Chimaera, earned the band the ECHO Songwriting Prize and a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, plus a host of followers across the country (who forked out over $15,000 as part of a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the release of the follow-up). Rather than attempt to recreate their successful debut, the Vancouver, BC six-piece shift gears on Mean Sun, forgoing jazzy piano and dense percussion in favour of pillow-y synths and expansively layered ambience. The risky move pays off with their best material to date.