For the teen-aged Glenn E. Alexander, growing up in rural Texas, the guitar became an addiction quickly adopted. He took a largely self-taught approach to his craft, pursuing his idea of music with sharply focused curiosity and a whimsical persistence largely unencumbered by mainstream musical ideals. Influenced by a large swath of America's musical history, he explored a mesh of looped composition and improvisation rooted around his Martin acoustic. Homemade recordings of these explorations became the bedrock for Brave Julius, his first foray into collaborative and studio work, which fleshes out his compositions in clever and often startling ways (see The Canyon, 2010). His live show is often improvisatory-focused, effect & loop-enhanced shoegaze instrumental guitar music, with a strong compositional element that evokes many aspects of the jamband, americana, and indie-rock music scenes around the country. His shows are always an of-the-moment experience, rooted in years of performing and crafting music for the soundtrack of your life, wherever you may be.
REVIEW OF THE CANYON (2010)
This is background music that scratches and claws its way into the foreground. Just when it seems to settle down enough for your mind to let it fade, it shifts--erupting in new directions and opening up broad new soundscapes. It is a stately hallway full of doors that unexpectedly fly open to let the sun and the wind and the birds in, and just when you've acclimated yourself to those surprises, it removes the floor from beneath you. Diving and drifting in a liminal space, it refuses to fall to this or that side of the line. It is meditative but shocking, simple yet dizzyingly complex, suggestive but unpredictable. On The Canyon, Glenn Alexander's fretwork and John Woong-sae Jung's production meet as opposites but quickly find a unity that moves almost entirely in the spaces between.
Glenn Alexander - Guitar, voice
The Canyon (2010). Independently released. Produced and engineered by John Woong-Sae Jung. Recorded in Austin, TX 2009-2010. All original material. Currently on iTunes.
Brave Julius [self-titled] (2012). Recorded in Austin, TX and Portland, OR. Produced by Glenn Alexander and John Woong-Sae Jung. Release Date: June 26th
BRAVE JULIUS: LOOK AT / LISTEN TO THIS SUPERNATURAL MUSICIAN
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His recordings are dope, but live is insane. He's got a vision that translates extremely well on sta...His recordings are dope, but live is insane. He's got a vision that translates extremely well on stage.
Admittedly, I'm not the best music writer (that is, writing ABOUT artists... forget about actually writing musical notes). When it comes to beats, I'm more of a pass/fail kinda gal than an essayist.
So this is where I link you to check out some bliss ridden tracks. Feel free to provide me adjectives to use in describing these tunes :)
Anyway, the photos! Glenn E. Alexander of the Brave hit me up awhile ago to get some promo shots. Dramatic lighting and abstract location were key in this photographic adventure.
I stole a few tricks from Zack Arias' One Light Workshop, scouted a couple locations, and we had a game plan for some sweet visuals.
I'm stoked that I got to shoot this fantastic musician who, by far, passes my aural test. I've done ya'll a favor and posted below my fave track off the album.
These 3 minutes and 30 seconds make me want to steal a car, snatch a revolver, and go play Russian Roulette in the Ol' Wild West.
(Artist can perform up to 90 minutes of material)
•Girl From The North Country
•Starting With The Moon
•On The Side Pt. 1 & 2
•Same To You
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