Starting out like a suspenseful buildup in an action-packed summer blockbuster, Brudini keeps the suspense flowing with a captivating audio thrill-ride in the form of his new track titled ‘Emotional Outlaw’. Being a bit left-of-center musically, Brudini offers something different and unique with an original blend of instruments (including a theremin) and noise that wouldn’t normally be heard together yet somehow fit perfectly sonic canvas of color with a buildup and breakdown reminiscent of classic jazz styled jam sessions with a modern twist. Resonance has taken a new form.
With a raw expression “absolutely beautiful and equally brutal” (Louder Than War), the London-based artist Brudini is beginning to garner praise and attention from an increasing number of musicians, reviewers, and fans alike. Centered around his distinct vocal, «brooding, and full of emotion» (Louder Than War), Brudini´s musical universe is that of syncopated jazz drums, creaky old pianos, jagged guitars and analog synths playing off one another; evoking elements from classical impressionism to folk, jazz, crooners, post-punk and krautrock. The result is a sound which is uniquely his own; which weaves a poetic tale through strange, evolving soundscapes, «cinematic … refreshing and nostalgic in the same breath» (Colorising), «utterly captivating … lonely and disembodied» (Higher Plain Music); an introspective journey through darkness and light, at times violent, other times gently wandering, reflecting the sounds and visions of a 21st-century beat.
Growing up amidst the mountains and fjords of Bergen on Norway’s southwest coast, with a Norwegian father and a Thai mother, a sense of otherness, of not quite fitting in, led Brudini to travel. To Tokyo, to Paris, to New York and eventually to London. A chance encounter with Babette Kulik eventually leads him to become part-owner of now-legendary bohemian-literary Soho outpost The Society Club. As part of this hidden, free-spirited scene of creatives, Brudini began to conjure his music – singing in underground venues in Soho and Hackney armed with guitars, piano and analogue synthesizers, flanked by a rhythm section of local jazz musicians and drawing praise from NYC punk legend Danny Fields (Iggy Pop, Jim Morrison, The Ramones) in the process.
Collaborations with a wide range of other artists, including Lulu Gainsbourg (son of French icon Serge Gainsbourg) and Californian beatnik writer Chip Martin, followed, and Brudini’s reputation for his “scholarly approach to music and lyricism” (RawRamp) in interplay with the sheer electric energy of his live shows, ensured his following began to spread further afield, now taking in more than 70 performances and including appearances at Tate Britain and a sold-out Soho alt-cabaret with LGBTQ-pioneer Lanah P and Erasure´s Andy Bell.
The voice he has found, “remarkable, and very beautiful” (Danny Fields), is singular and unique. His much-awaited debut album, From Darkness, Light will be released later in 2019.