Be it known throughout the Realm of Brandonia…
Tuesdays henceforth in Brandonia shall be devoted to the subject of Music.
That’s right. We’re gonna talk about something music related each Tuesday. What I have in mind at the moment is a mix between reviewing bands/albums and posting instructional videos on guitar playing. It’ll take me a few weeks to get the hang of the video editing, so for these first few articles, I’m going to introduce y’all to some of my favorite musicians (most of whom I know personally). These are musicians who don’t make a living full-time with their music, so the more you stream them on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, or wherever, the better it is to them. Check their albums out, and put their songs in some of your favorite playlists. You win, they win, we all win.
And don’t forget: You can get all the info on my music here on Brandonia, too.
Today’s Artist/Album is “Here We Are” by Andy Rumsey.
This album has so much going for it. Andy’s voice, first off, is unmatched in terms of Spokane singers (sorry, Bing and Myles), and his sense of harmony is simply beautiful in moments throughout the album. Then there’s the musicianship, which is top notch on all fronts. There are enough tempo changes and dynamics to keep music nerds interested and loving it, and, at the same time, none of those things detract from the overall pop sensibility of the record. Finally, the production on this album is as good as anything you’ll find on the market today.
Here are the vitals on “Here We Are”:
Genre: Pop, reggae, heavy, alternative rock.
My Favorite Tracks:
Okay, so I should qualify this by saying there’s not a throw-away track on the album. It’s all fantastic, but these are my three standout tracks for those of you who don’t like committing to whole albums:
✯ Dearly: This slow reggae/heavy rock jam is amazing. Andy’s melody/harmony combination vocally weaves this lovely river of lyrics over a fantastic groove at first, then around the chorus it becomes this grinding heavy rock song – still sprinkled with sparklingly beautiful vocals. It’s got a technically brilliant, yet still soulful guitar solo that I still can’t play right yet, and some awesome breakdown moments.
✯ I Wasn’t Ready: I chose this track, though slow and mellow, because it showcases Andy’s vocals so beautifully. It’s a dreamy lullaby of soothing melodies and harmonies, and the subtle instrumentation makes it a fantastic relaxing song.
✯ In The Image: This is probably my favorite overall track on the album. It’s guitar-work is complex and fun to listen to, the rhythm section does some fantastically interesting things within the reggae/rock framework. The tempo changes up in the chorus, and that in itself makes this song a gem, but of course, you can’t forget about Andy’s vocals. Do yourself a favor and download this song, then put it in every playlist you have.
Okay, let’s not kid ourselves. I wouldn’t be writing about this album if I didn’t know and love Andy and his music. That said, I have no plans to write about all of my friends’ music, just the stuff I regularly listen to myself. This album makes my rotation quite often, and I find myself singing the songs to myself days later. Buy it. If you can’t afford to buy it, then stream it – as often as possible.
Andy’s next show in Spokane is at One-Tree Cider House on Saturday, March 30th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, then he’s playing bass after that with Buffalo Jones at the Big Dipper the same night.