Our first album for several years is finally out today. It’s available to stream and on CD and download at Bandcamp.
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.
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.
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).
Back in 2001, I must admit I hadn’t played my guitar much for a year or two and I was building a pottery (long story). Whilst I was installing a profile steel roof I managed to get my left index fingertip caught between a large bolt and a high-velocity hammer.
Ouch! And I mean ouch. I instantly knew that I must have broken my fingertip and cursed the fact that I wouldn’t be able to play guitar. As the weeks rolled on, all I could think about was whether or not I would be able to play and how much I would have to adjust my technique to account for this injury which seemed to be permanent.
After several months I picked up the guitar but my index finger was so sensitive I could hardly fret a string. I started researching Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and hearing his story gave me some hope and made me feel a bit better. After 6 months I realised that my guitar playing would never be the same as it was before as I used my index fingertip for a lot when playing expressive lead parts.
In fact, it has completely changed the way I play, partly because certain things hurt quite a bit but also that my hunger to play was revitalised. I had spent so much time programming in the studio, writing from a keyboard and learning about music theory that I had forgotten to pick up the guitar often enough.
So even though I’ve got a weirdly shaped index finger with a visible dent and have to adjust my technique a bit, in a strange way, the accident gave me a massive push to recover, to play more and to get on with making music. Every cloud!
We have just released Hypnotize, one of our new tracks on Soundcloud. This is streaming only and is not currently a full release. Enjoy.
As of May we are now gigging again. It has been a long time.
We played our first unplugged set in Dumfries at the ‘Maidens of Music’ event, both of us singing with me on acoustic guitar and Idana on melodica. We played several tracks from the ‘Time is Now’ LP and several of our new numbers. Considering it was my first outing as a lead singer it went really well so it’s full steam ahead now to the ‘Totally Acoustic‘ event in Moniaive on June 18th where we have to see if we can do it all without mics.
Come to Moniaive of you want to hear us play without the aid of electricity.
PS Contrary to the impression of the poster, it will be just Idana and myself performing as Brynovsky.
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
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.
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.