Growing up amidst the mountains and fjords of Bergen on Norway’s southwest coast, with a Norwegian father and a Thai mother, a sense of otherness, of not quite fitting in, led Brudini to travel. To Tokyo, to Paris, to New York and eventually to London and the high-stakes world of city traders. A world of huge wins and heavy losses – lucrative but not entirely fulfilling. While his daytimes were spent in the rapid pace trajectory of a modern capitalist society, evenings were increasingly passed in Soho, amidst a world of artists, musicians, performers and poets. A chance encounter with Babette Kulik eventually lead him to become part-owner of now legendary bohemian-literary Soho outpost The Society Club.
As part of this hidden, free-spirited scene of creatives, Brudini began to conjure his music – singing in underground venues in Soho and Hackney armed with guitars, piano and analogue synthesizers, flanked by a rhythm section of local jazz musicians and drawing praise from NYC punk legend Danny Fields (Iggy Pop, Jim Morrison, The Ramones) in the process. The theatrical qualities of his performances gradually found him a home within London´s experimental dark cabaret scene, and collaborations with a wide range of other artists, including Lulu Gainsbourg (son of French icon Serge Gainsbourg) and Californian beatnik writer Chip Martin followed. Brudini’s reputation for his “scholarly approach to music and lyricism” (RawRamp) in interplay with the oddity and sheer electric energy of his live shows, ensured his following began to spread further afield, now taking in more than 70 performances and including appearances at Tate Britain and a sold-out Soho alt-cabaret with LGBTQ-pioneer Lanah P and Erasure´s Andy Bell.
Brudini: Pale Gold
The voice he has found, “remarkable, and very beautiful” (Danny Fields), is singular and unique. His much-awaited debut album, From Darkness, Light will be released later in 2019. «The album is a journey, emotionally and spiritually. In parallel with the five years of its creation, so many things happened in my own life. I became a father, the Society Club prospered and went bankrupt, a long term relationship ended, I decided to leave behind my career as a city trader. For a musician, I guess my story is unusual. But it also shaped my artistic voice.»
Five years in the making, From Darkness, Light is a concept album weaving an abstract, emotional journey. Starting with a sense of longing, followed by unease and despair, soul searching, feelings of rage and lust, collapsing in a moment of naked grief, finally arriving at a form of cosmic consolation towards the end. A mix of song, soundscapes and poetry, the album spans eight songs and one interlude, in addition to five poems by Californian beatnik Chip Martin.
Self-produced, the album was mostly recorded in Brudini´s bedroom in Dalston, a cramped space with guitars, analogue synths, vintage condenser microphones and a creaky old piano. Drums and double bass were recorded in a tiny basement studio in Stoke Newington Road. Mixing was done in New York by Grammy-winner Jeremy Loucas and Brudini at analogue boutique studio Sear Sound, whose legacy artists include Velvet Underground and John Lennon.
Music: Written, recorded and produced by Brudini
All instruments by Brudini except
Drums Derin Bayhan
Tuba Casper Hoedemaekers
Trumpets Audun Waage
Mixing Jeremy Loucas and Brudini at Sear Sound, NYC
Mastered by Jeremy Loucas on 1/2” tape at Sear Sound, NYC
(c) 2019 Ask the Dust Records Ltd
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