Knox Bronson makes music that operates at a level far beyond that of the typical act thrashing about in their garage. This is because, during tracks like â€œSummer of â€˜68â€, Bronson is able to create something that is more like classical compositions than the latest pop hit. Listeners will have to put in Bronsonâ€™s latest EP â€“ â€œThe Seasonsâ€ â€“ and give it a number of spins before they can fully take from the release everything that Bronson had originally placed. â€œSummer of â€˜68â€ is a track that requires that listeners do nothing but focus into the track â€“ each subsequent part of the song builds upon the sound and style of earlier tracks, while adding their own important contribution to the composition.
Bronsonâ€™s music is the type that will allow listeners lucky enough to stumble upon Bronsonâ€™s Myspace or web site to expand their horizons considerably. â€œSummer of â€˜68â€ may not have anything in the way of vocals, but that does not mean that there is a lack of focus or point to the song. Rather, Bronson tells volumes here, with each instrument and section of the track adding an additional page to this voluminous tome. â€œWinter Blueâ€ has a more electronic feel to it, with a more insistent tone. Where compositions in this vein tend to be cold and detached from humanity, Bronson has done well to add themes of hope and humanity in this composition. In this, a sort of yin and yang, a chiaroscuro â€“ has been reached. The discâ€™s final track, â€œThe Forever Springâ€, provides listeners with some sort off closure to this cycle of compositions.
However, there are movements and sections to this track that allow for Bronson to dovetail a future recording onto â€œThe Seasonsâ€. I would personally like to see what could still be fleshed out by Bronson, and how these subsequent recordings would expand upon the themes first broached during this disc. Listeners need only wait a few days â€“ February 14th â€“ to be able to purchase a copy of this EP. Listen to the excerpts on Bronsonâ€™s Myspace now and check out the â€œbonusâ€ track (in reality, the original finale to the disc) â€“ â€œIsle of Islay Revisitedâ€, and buy the EP when it is released.
Top Track: Winter Blue
Knox Bronson â€“ The Seasons / 2009 Tangerine Sky / 4 Tracks / http://www.knoxbronson.com