Future Weather: A Deep Dive

Back in the autumn of 2020, as I was preparing to release the Future Weather album, someone suggested I write down the story of how it came about and how I pulled the whole thing together. Then on release day, November 6th, my Mum died – she had been isolated in hospital for two weeks due to the pandemic.

In shock, I did a bit of promo on automatic pilot but – for understandable reasons – I didn’t have the stomach for music promotion and with no gigs planned due to lockdowns, I just got on with family matters and put the album to one side. Now, almost three years later, with a number of new projects out and underway, I discovered the following text tucked away in a folder on my laptop, I thought that I might as well publish it.

Future Weather, 2020. Here’s a deep dive…

From 2016 to 2018 I was occupied with side projects and Brynovsky took a back seat. It wasn’t until 2019 that I started working on a new Brynovsky album. Frustrated by not having finished any tracks for ages, with songs starting to pile up, I presented my album to a very reliable music buddy. His verdict was EP at best. I was deflated, but deep down, I knew he was right, the concept for the project was not executed well enough and I promptly dropped seven songs into the recycling. My mind turned to some side projects – songs that I liked that I had thought about releasing under another name – and I resolved to finish mixing all the songs I had and regardless of style, pick the best ones.

Back in 2011, I was on tour with The Congos with my dub band. I had somehow got the job of stage manager as well as support act on the hastily organised tour. I was glad to help; my band needed the exposure and I thought the experience would do us all good.

The Brynovsky dub band only really ever had one set and if we had kept going, some of the jams we used to play at rehearsals would have started creeping into the set. One favourite was a one-chorder, very rocky for us, with a high energy. The band wanted to put it in the set but we had no intro, structure or ending. We did play it a few times as a soundcheck and I could see from the reaction of the few people mingling around that it was a solid track and had legs. Ever since then I have been trying to turn it into a song and after a number of false starts, one day in 2019, I thought up some new words so the nameless tune could finally have its day. Thus, Future Weather (the song) was born.

Once I had decided to go for a proudly eclectic album, it all came together in a month or two. Four songs from the original album remained and the seven or eight dropped tracks went into storage, waiting for the lyric machine to come good. When I looked at adding new songs, the best ones were all based around acoustic guitar, an area that Brynovsky hadn’t really delved into before.

A few friends helped me to filter out the best and helped me to figure out the track order too. The opener and single, Ain’t Gonna Work, is an acoustic guitar based song which I made by re-recording a demo with my new mahogany topped acoustic guitar. Two other songs came together in the same way: Venus and Stony Ground. Stupid Rules is a remix of a 2017 master which also seemed to fit. Too Much of a Good Thing is more like acid rock with an Egyptian type melody, nothing like anything else I had recorded but I liked it and added it on its own merits.

As I was finalising the mixes I was stopped in my tracks by the murder of George Floyd. Sickened by the daily police brutality going on in the US, it triggered powerful memories of getting caught up in riots in London back in the day, seeing people trampled by horses and friends getting beaten up by cops. A song emerged from that on the piano, written in a couple of hours and recorded in 2 sessions, one to make a demo and a second to finish it off. Hope is the fastest song I’ve ever made.

Random facts: The solo on Ain’t Gonna Work was recorded with a Yamaha acoustic guitar with piezo pickups and a fuzz pedal. The bass on Hope is a programmed upright double and the solo was made by playing my melodica twice (in different octaves). The bass on Half the Wealth in the World is played on my four string bass guitar (strung B, E, A, D). Stony Ground contains no mandolins, they are double tracked acoustic guitars with a capo, but it does have a harmonium. Future Weather (the song), I call it dub rock, I don’t know what that means. Venus is an inexplicable song that has survived several years hanging about due do its hypnotic charm and ability to beguile and confuse. It is notable for its lack of attitude or rebellion and for the flute played by Lucy Button. Innocent Life was the foundation of the original project and is intended to be a welcoming and inclusive offering of solidarity for the downtrodden. Stupid Rules is about the rise of fascism in the 1930s – no, wait, the early 21st Century. Too Much of a Good Thing has a video of me dancing. Downwardly Mobile is a bit sad but so is life sometimes. Blank Page explains how I feel about life and the joy of creating something from nothing. A blank page could be seen in a negative light, but to me, I only see opportunity: the thing created represents the change that we all need. “Every morning is a blank page”. It’s not about amnesia, not so far as I remember…

If you like CDs, T-shirts, downloads or streaming audio, head over to brynovsky.co.uk/music/ to check it out.

Dub Section – One Track Every Friday

After working on a number of varied projects from folk music to experimental soundtracks I finally turned my attention to finishing off a pure dub album that I started pulling together a couple of years ago.

Encouraged by a decent collaboration with musician producer friend, Johnno Casson – we co-produced the track, Live It Up by Walken400, which went down very well with Tom Robinson on his BBC 6Music show back in 2020, I became determined to finish off this project.

After a few sporadic lurches: choosing a collection of old songs, stripping out vocals and instruments, putting them back together and then running them through some outboard gear I finally have come to what will be my fourth studio album, Dub Section. I am going to release one track from it every Friday for the next twelve weeks, starting today leading up to a release date in January. You can listen to Power Vacuum now.

Twelve wee dub gems pulled from the archive, mashed to a pulp and reformulated. Full of saturation, swirling phase, big reverberation and messed up repeats it’ll be, I hope, a delight to the dub afficionado and anyone who, like me, is a fan of; The Scientist, King Tubby, Lee Perry, Mad Professor, Linval Thompson and Dennis Bovell.

Expect a full release in January 2024.

Single Release – Ain’t Gonna Work

We’re pleased to announce our new single will be released soon, on October 2nd. Ain’t Gonna Work takes a look at what it feels like to be stuck in a shit job with no respite on the horizon. Maybe most of us have been there.

It is the opening track from our forthcoming album, Future Weather, which is set for release on November 6th.

Ain’t Gonna Work is a defiant, rolling, driving acoustic strum which gets some help along the way from some pretty nifty Latin style percussion and a fuzz guitar. The artwork for the cover is a still from the video.  We found and edited some striking footage from the 1930s Russian film, Enthusiasm, by Vertov. You’ll be able to find that on our YouTube channel.

We are delighted to present it to your ears on all digital platforms and will be also available to download from our Bandcamp page from 2.10.20.

Blue Budgie (Feat. Ju Ju)

You can hear the first new Brynovsky tune for a few years right now. It is actually a work of words by the uniquely psychedelic poet Ju Ju, set to music in Brynovsky style.

Ju Ju performed Blue Budgie as an unaccompanied spoken-word piece at a festival in a tiny venue and Tim was bowled over by the story it told. Some illustrious artists and personalities who were also present, in low-key fashion, were also stunned by its brilliance. It is a true story, so real that it’s surreal, in fact, Tim and Ju Ju often call it a ‘real surreal’ poem. Thinking about it, most of Ju Ju’s work, yet to be published, is also ‘Real Surreal’. Put that in your blog and post it.

A-n-y-w-a-y, Brynovsky and Ju Ju liked the resulting track so much that they decided to make a video reflecting the ambiguous moral of the tale which could go something along the lines of: when you’re hitching and somebody stops, it don’t mean you’re gonna get a lift. “But where does the budgie come in?” I hear you grumble. Well, you’ll have to listen to the track or watch the delightfully DIY lyric video representation of it that we made.

Blue Budgie (Feat. Ju Ju) is a standalone track which doesn’t appear on our upcoming LP, Future Weather. But we didn’t want it to get left behind and, in our hubris, thought the world might be a very slightly better place if people were able to hear it. You can download on a ‘pay what you like’ basis from Bandcamp, watch the video on YouTube or listen on Soundcloud.

Buy/Listen on Bandcamp | Watch on YouTube | Listen on Soundcloud

New Album – Future Weather

There’s a new Brynovsky LP lined up and ready to go for later this year. Future Weather refers to the belief that in the future, for reasons that are still disputed by some propagandists, the weather might not be brilliant. We have kids on the way up so we actually give a shit.

The album has 11 songs including one called Future Weather. The other 10 songs have different names and we thought that some of them sounded fairly okay so they’ve been included. You’ll be able to hear it all this November.

It has been a long time in coming because Brynovsky have been trying to make up their minds what to do with all the music they have been making over the past five years. Mr Trump and a couple of other people knocked them off-kilter with their bad vibes, spreading out in all directions, but they have now righted themselves.

Future Weather (the album), contains a thread of thought-provoking themes – reflecting the mood across the globe – from billionaires to bad bosses, smart-phone addiction to ignorant bliss, stupidity to the abhorrent Right, state violence to climate change. When all seems lost, the final track, Blank Page, brings some much-needed hope, a chirpy tune which does something to lighten the load.

If you can spare 38 minutes, have a listen (when future weather permits).

Losing Control (EP)

So we have now released a new EP ‘Losing Control’ with 5 tracks; 3 new ones with lead vocals by Idana and Tim and 2 remixes from our 2014 LP ‘Time is Now’ featuring Leroy’s vocals.

The EP is limited edition digital only and is FREE to download! You can pay something if you want but you don’t need to.

‘Losing Control’ is available at Soundcloud

Time is Now Interview by Two Ton Music

Here is a transcript of an interview I did with Two Ton Music on Facebook. That’s a wee bit awkward to read so I thought I would put the whole thing up here. Thanks to Tom Matthew of Two Ton Music for the album review and this interview.

Two Ton Music: I’ve invited the U.K. reggae-fusion band Brynovsky to an interview here on Facebook. Their recent release, “Time is Now” is a really nice production. Their frontman, Leroy Jones, brings the legit Jamaican soulfulness to complement the lush, echoing soundscapes that writer/producer Tim Brynovsky carves out. Idana’s backup vocals are beautiful, and the vocals remind me of Bob Marley’s Wailers at times. Let’s ask them about it.

So thanks so much for joining us for an interview. Your album has been very well received since its release a few weeks ago. I heard you first on #RKC radio. You guys obviously worked very hard on the album, and lots of us are enjoying it. What’s your reaction to the release of your album and the praise it’s getting?

Tim Brynovsky: Thanks for the flattering comparison. We’re delighted that the LP is going down well. It’s been a long process from making the demos to getting it released, so it’s good to find out it’s not just us that are excited by this music. Massive thanks to everyone who has been helping to promote it. We had our second launch gig last night and some people travelled a long way through terrible weather just to see us again. That means a lot. Special thanks to #RKC Radio in Paris for pushing our music so much. What has surprised me most is how well it has gone down outside the reggae community.

Two Ton Music: There’s a good mix of songs on the album. There are love songs, and there are songs about social justice. There are lighter songs, and there are heavier songs. They cover a lot of sonic ground, yet maintain a cohesive sound throughout. Is all this variety something that you planned, or was it more of a natural creative effort that just turned out to be diverse?

Tim Brynovsky: A bit of both really. I have a lot of songs that are naturally diverse, we picked some out and put them all through the same production process. After we got the vocals recorded we listened to what we had and decided to put the best ones all onto one eclectic LP. Rightly or wrongly, I don’t get too hung up on genre, so I am pleased you think there is some cohesion to Time is Now.

As for subject matter, the songs about humanity and relationships are all love songs in a way. We need to treat each other well be it friends, lovers, tribes or nations.

Two Ton Music: I really like the song, “What Kind of World”. Idana’s vocals are spot on beautiful and fierce, and tell the brutal truth about “what kind of world” we are living in. Rather than hiding your head in the sand about the current state of affairs in the world, you’re making a statement directly addressing the issues of morality, ethics, control, status, etc. It’s a powerful piece of music. What are your feelings on standing up for issues of human values?

Tim Brynovsky: Glad you like that song, to me it is advice for anyone who thinks that the world revolves around them. I like standing up to things but I don’t expect everyone to feel the same. Music is a good forum for getting ideas across but I don’t like to nag – this song is also a bit of fun at the same time. As heavy as you want it to be.

Two Ton Music: I noticed the Abyssinians poster on the wall in a couple of photos online – I saw them back in ’02 and was really impressed with their show. What are some of your other musical influences?

Tim Brynovsky: Yea we supported them in 2011 in Glasgow.  They sang so well, even better than their LPs recorded in the 1970s – that was a real inspiration to tackle harmony vocals. The influences on the music I produce come from many genres and styles – any music that is original and made from the heart from The Beatles to Bob Marley.

Two Ton Music: Leroy Jones added a lot to the mix. His voice is very rich and adds a lot of depth. Can you tell us what it’s like to work with Leroy and what he brings to the music?

Tim Brynovsky: Yea I love the way he sings. He came up to Scotland to record in November 2012 after I sent him my demos for Time is Now. I expected that he might sing on 2 or 3 but he wanted to sing everything.

I produced the vocal sessions in my home studio so we had plenty of time to get it right. He brought with him a real enthusiasm for the songs and a wealth of experience from years working with artists like Gregory Isaacs and Horace Andy. He must have learned a lot from those greats but he describes himself as a soul singer and is strongly influenced by artists like Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. It is on songs like Beauties and You Are My Love where he really shines and lets go with that vibrato.

By the time he went back to London I had an overwhelming amount of material to work with, what you hear on Time is Now and a lot more still unreleased. It’s not easy being spread over such a wide area but we all think the results are worth it.

Two Ton Music: I’m sure we’d all love to hear more great tracks. Do you have plans to work on another album? What’s on the horizon for you?

Tim Brynovsky: We have lots of songs lined up in demo form and we hope to release a lot more music this year. There are no concrete plans but expect some remixes and more eclectic tunes Brynovsky style. Finding the time to do the production work is the biggest hurdle.

Two Ton Music: Well, I really appreciate you taking the time to write with us. I wish the best of luck to you, and keep us posted. The positive message and the great music are greatly appreciated. Thanks for being with us.

Tim Brynovsky: Thanks Two Ton Music! Anytime.

Brynovsky – Time is Now gets a release date

Air Street Records have set a release date for Time is Now for 10th January 2014. We are very excited that it will finally get an airing, we’ve been working on it for a good while and can’t wait to share it.

So what is Time is Now? It’s a 12 track LP on Digipack CD available via our website and various stores like Amazon. If we get a few sales and some decent radio play the label will get CDs into the right stores in whatever country. It will also be available for download and streaming at our website and at all those places like Spotify and iTunes.

Contained on it are previously the released tracks Put the Baby Down to Sleep, City of Lights, Pretender and Shining Light. People have asked about the variety of music styles in our songs. Although they all have the common thread of Leroy and Idana singing and the bass driven tracks, the other 8 tracks all have their own moods and we reckon there’s plenty of surprises in there for people already following us.

By following us on Twitter or Facebook you can keep up to date with any sneak previews, freebies, gigs and news.

Brynovsky on the Escalator

OK, a lot has happened in the last few weeks since we released our single but the last week has been a bit crazy so here’s what’s happened.

  1. I submitted Put the Baby Down to Sleep to the Fresh on the Net for consideration and it was picked out for their Listening Post.
  2. That resulted in loads of people getting in touch, liking it and being very nice about our music which eventually led to an very nice feature with a review and article.
  3. It also resulted in Tom Robinson of TRB fame (the mastermind behind FOTN) saying that we were a “splendid recent FOTN discovery”.
  4. Then Tom decided to put us on his weekly mixtape which was broadcast on BBC 6 Music and can also be downloaded as a podcast.
  5. Since then things have been very busy and it seems that more than just a few people like our music. Which is a good thing! As I have spread the word about our progress, more influential people have got in touch and said some incredibly nice things about us and I have put some of them on our press page for all to see.
So I would like to advise any bands or musicians if you have any music that you think is pretty good, whatever style, wait until you think it’s great, then submit it to Fresh on the Net (do your homework first and read the info on the website) and they will listen to the track. They get about 150 tracks every week! But yours will stand out if it’s really good. 
I think it’s so good that I have started voting there too and I’m amazed at the amount of great music being produced.