Hometown: Vanteuver, British Columbia
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/brasstronaut
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Brasstronaut is a soul–live electronics-jazz band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
PITCHFORK track review- Old World Lies:
"...With orchestration befitting the players' jazz and classical backgrounds, which includes a recent residency at Alberta's prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts, the song places requiem-cadenced piano and a lonely, sputtering brass solo next to Van Breeman's near-whisper. Elsewhere on the Old World Lies EP, the band audits the independent rock scene (which includes, full disclosure, a Pitchfork ref). But "Old World Lies", with its lyrics about the African slave trade, does indeed sketch the slow, tentative process of emerging from a dark mourning period and blinking hard at the light of day. Like a good therapist, Brasstronaut are both empathetic and efficient as they pat your hand and recite recovery mantras." - Amy Granzin
MERCURY PRIZE RECOMMENDS:
‘Requiem For A Scene’ Directed by Alan Miller-There’s no questioning the vitality of Canada’s music scene, especially in the easterly cities of Toronto and Montreal. However, Vancouver has a lot to offer too: the players involved in Brasstronaut are Jazz musicians by day but experiment with melancholic Indie by night, bringing together two worlds that rarely meet. At the centre of their sound is pianist and singer Edo Van Breeman’s, whose ethereal delivery belies the weight of his lyrics but fits perfectly with the band’s majestic arrangements.
THE TORONTO STAR:
"With a core lineup of trumpet, flugelhorn, piano and voice, this Vancouver band doesn't exactly arrive with a surfeit of referents. In ambience, though, this title track of a four-song EP occasionally evokes the indelible lament that Elvis Costello co-wrote for perennial cult figure Robert Wyatt, the elegantly mournful "Shipbuilding."" - John Sakamoto
THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT:
"Brasstronaut binds kindred sonic spirits-The quartet’s conservatory-trained members aren’t too hifalutin to enjoy a bit of lowbrow humour. Judging by the lumbering melodies and delicate instrumentation on Brasstronaut’s one would expect the Vancouver jazz quartet to engage the Straight in a sophisticated conversation about the classical tradition—or something equally as hifalutin—when we gather on the upscale patio of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s café. The fact that the group’s vocalist and pianist, Edo Van Breemen, whips out a hilarious impersonation of Sloth, the lovable man-ogre from the ’80s teen cult hit The Goonies, puts a different spin on things entirely...." - Jenny Charlesworth
"Brasstronaut is almost impossible to describe as a band. Not because their sound is so different that it defies classification, although to be fair, there aren't any bands that combine sounds the same way they do. No, it's more that they use so many familiar elements and styles on their four song EP, that words sort of lose meaning...."