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Review -The Life of Bryan, and his Spines of the Heart

By Falene Nurse

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Fans of Sigor Ros and Radiohead, rejoice! This sprawling and ambitious release, is from Redondo Beach based, classically trained musician Bryan Deister. Spines of the Heart is as influenced by Bach as it is by Kurt Cobain, dark, emotionally penetrating, and experimental, the the album is a tour-de-force of brooding reflection akin to Radiohead's OK Computer or King of Limbs. Trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music, Bryan writes, sings, and composes all of his own music. Which includes the chorals, polyrhythms and unique instrumentation such as funk banjo and rice percussion (an instrument I intend to Google shortly!). 

Mastered by Grammy Award-winning Bernie Grundman (of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic), the 22-track EP already includes a couple of standout successes, the warbling electropop piece Into the Sky and my personal favorite, the incredibly haunting Today. Both, are experiencing a lot of attention at the moment, with each track on the national digital radio charts and within the indie arena (#5 of their chart) respectively. 

Bryan decided that dark, thoughtful, well-written music, is what he really wanted to be a part of. He modestly explains, "hopefully after Berklee I will continue to improve in all facets and be able to write interesting music without starving." He's still working hard at Berklee College of Music, keeping up his Writing and Composition Scholarship. "Spines of the Heart, took me three years to write and it’s an almost too personal an album", Bryan laments. And although "the core of the album is simply meant as a memento mori. I have never intended to say anything, and so if I gave a contrary impression, than I guess I succeeded."

We will be keeping a close eye on him and whatever comes next, for now check out the album at: 





Published on Jan 15, 2017

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