Breton – Other People’s Problems [Album]
Oh, what can I say about the wonder that is Breton? Well, they are a South-London five-piece “multimedia collective art” group with a unique style that has spawned from the depths of popular culture and society. Luckily enough for us, the group just released their debut album Other People’s Problems, in North America on April 3rd.
The first three songs– “Pacemaker,” “Electrician,” and “Edward the Confessor”– are probably my stand out favorites of the album. “Pacemaker” starts off with an eerie violin that lulls you into a deep trance. You feel as though you have just entered an elegant ball. And with gowns and tiaras moving about in effortless pantomime, the conceptualization leaves you wondering, “just who does, in fact, hide behind such enigmatic masquerade?” “Pacemaker” is a mix of catchy violin, electronic elements, smooth vocals and a simple drum beat that creates a unique setting in itself.
“Electrician” has a different feel than “Pacemaker”– however, this doesn’t affect the strength in its delivery. The track is centered on a beguiling piano melody and a captivating drum rhythm that is conducive to perpetual head bobbing.
“Edward the Confessor,” like “Electrician,” is too sung centered around a drum/ piano fusion. Still, however, it maintains a sense of singularity– separating itself from “Electrician”– by placing emphasis on a faded vocal performance.
While the rest of the album is still good, it lacks something to be desired that the first three tracks brought to the table. “2 Years” is a very mellow track that you might hear in the background of a poetry slam. “Wood and Plastic” show off Bretons adaptability by introducing more of a rock element to their sound. “Interference,” “Ghost Note,” and “Oxide” place a heavy emphasis on an electronic construct that nearly borders dubstep at points. “Jostle” takes an ostensibly club-like piece, samples it, makes it simple, and then gives it that good ol’ indie feel that we all know and love; leaving “Jostle,” easily, another standout piece.
While it may seem like some tracks take a back seat to others, it doesn’t hamper the fact that for a first album, Other People’s Problems is really well done; the entire project jam packed with tons of versatility and beautifully implemented diversity. The album can be purchased from iTunes below!
“Pacemaker” by Breton
“Edward the Confessor” by Breton
- Edward the Confessor
- 2 Years
- Wood and Plastic
- Governing Correctly
- Ghost Note
- The Commission
- Stilts (Bonus Track)