Up and coming independent group Brent & Co recently released its second EP. The six-track, self-titled recording is one more of the best of this year’s crop of new EPs. It is a collection of songs that will impress any fans of Dave Matthew Band, John Mayer, and to a slightly lesser degree Jason Mraz. That is at least in regards to the record’s overall musical content. The lyrical content displayed in each of the EP’s songs will impress not just fans of the noted acts but listeners in general. The combination of both elements throughout the record’s twenty-two minute run time makes it a collection that paints a bright picture for Bren & Co.’s future.
Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP is only the group’s second overall recording. But in listening to each of its six tracks, it shows that it is a rare diamond in the rough of the independent music scene. That is because it is one of those rare recordings that serves the argument that independent acts (both those signed to independent labels and those that are currently unsigned) can and at times do hold their own against their more well-known counterparts. In the case of Brent & Co, the band’s new self-titled EP it holds its own quite well. While the songs featured on this disc exhibit obvious influences from the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz the songs themselves are just as clearly original both in terms of their lyrical and musical content. That is most obvious late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Collected.’ The Dave Matthews Band influence is clear in regards to its musical content considering drummer Dominic Fragman’s funk-infused beats and saxophonist Derrick Michaels’ work on his instrument. Front man and namesake member Brent Peterson adds to that influence with his work on acoustic guitar and even his vocal delivery style. Even with its musical similarity to Dave Matthews Band here the band members make a clearly concerted effort to not let themselves just be a cookie cutter to the aforementioned band. Rather they have taken that sound and used it for an original song that holds its own quite well against the likes of DMB and others of that ilk. In regards to the song’s lyrical content, it is just as enjoyable. Peterson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Legs tremble/Fingers twist/Eyes lookin’ into mine/As we kiss the last taste better than the last time…never mentioned the risk of falling in love/Well still I see you as you’re walking out that door…I just keep asking myself why is it this way anyway.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “So long running this obsession of mine/I tried to quit but I turn around every time/My friends say I’m crazy/But I know in my mind/Things will work out…just give it a little time.” Here Peterson comes across as singing from the vantage point of a man that is head over heels for a certain woman. His friends are telling him not to pursue her and that she’s nothing but trouble. And he knows deep down that it’s a risk. But she’s so intoxicating that he just can’t fight it. What man hasn’t been there? Exactly. The upbeat vibes of the song’s musical content complement these lines quite well. The two come together to paint a rich picture to which so many can relate. That ability of Brent & Co. to relate to its audiences so well and entertain them just as much shows clearly at least in the form of ‘Collected’ why this band’s new EP deserves more than just one listen. It isn’t the only of the record’s high points either. ‘Why Oh Why,’ the record’s third track is another example of what makes this independently released EP so surprisingly enjoyable.
‘Collected’ is in its own right a clear example of what makes Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP a diamond in the rough. It is hardly the only way in which the record shows itself to be so surprising. ‘Why Oh Why,’ the EP’s third track is yet another example of what makes this collection of songs stand out. What’s really interesting here is that where ‘Collected’ boasted something of a Dave Matthews Band sound, ‘Why Oh Why’ boasts something more along the lines of a country/bluegrass sound complete with fiddle played by Patrick McAvinue. Even more interesting (and this is just the opinion of this critic), is that in his delivery here, Peterson actually sounds somewhat like Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz. It is an interesting combination. But it works. And it does so, again, quite surprisingly. That’s just one part of what makes the song work so well. The song’s lyrical content deserves just as much attention. The song’s lyrical content presents a song that is yet another love song. Yet it isn’t one of those standard schmaltzy, over-the-top pieces that are so common among the country/bluegrass world or that of any other musical genre. Rather, it is a touching, heartfelt piece that is sure to put a smile on any loving couple’s faces. Peterson sings from the vantage point of a man trying to convince a woman just how much she means to him. The woman in question obviously has some self-esteem issues as she asks in the song’s chorus, “Why oh why do you waste your time?” She is asking the man why does he waste his time with her. His answer: “You waste your time on me.” He goes on in response to ask her, “Why oh why/Are you so blind to see/You’re beautiful.” Anyone not moved by this is simply not human. From here the man continues to gently convince the unnamed woman of his affection for her in the remaining verses, singing to her over and over again in the final lines that she is so beautiful. The gentility in Peterson’s voice as he sings alongside his choice of words makes this song, at least in terms of its lyrical content, a truly touching and impressive love song. That lyrical content set against the song’s equally moving musical content makes it the kind of song that one might expect to hear on the soundtrack of any major name romantic movie. Considering that it is coming from a largely unknown band, that speaks volumes of the song. It also speaks volumes about the band members’ talents. It still is not the last example of just how surprising Brent & Co.’s new EP proves to be. ‘A Little Bit Closer’ is one more example of that surprise.
‘Collected’ and ‘A Little Bit Closer’ are both clear examples of what makes Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP a surprisingly enjoyable collection of songs. While both songs are enjoyable additions to the EP in their own right, they are hardly the disc’s only high points. ‘A Little Bit Closer,’ which opens the record, is one more high point that deserves to be noted. In regards to its musical content ‘A Little Bit Closer’ instantly conjures thoughts of John Mayer and Jack Johnson (if one can imagine the two acts’ sounds combined into one). Peterson is just as impressive here both in regards to his vocal delivery as to his talents on the guitar. One can almost see him on stage holding his guitar close as he sings a la Dave Matthews, but singing with the style of Johnson and Mayer. Dominic Fragman shows yet again his own talents behind the drum kit as he keeps time. There is a certain free-flowing, bouncy energy exuded in his performance here. It’s almost as if he is just jamming out versus actually playing a fully constructed section of the song. His performance just feels and sounds that natural. The harmonies generated by bassist Joseph Martone add even more depth to the song, making for even more enjoyment. Add in the song’s equally interesting lyrical content and audiences get quite the interesting composition. In regards to the song’s lyrical content, the song explains itself especially through its title. Peterson is singing about a man wanting to get closer to his woman. Though, since he doesn’t directly note that the singer is male, it could just as easily be a woman. So it really goes both ways. From sitting together on the couch, on the beach, or other situations, the song’s subject asks his/her love interest how he/she would react if the other got closer, got bolder and made that move to show that affection for the other. The positive energy in the song’s musical content wonderfully compliments this question and the very anticipation of making that move expressed by Peterson’s subject throughout the song. It is one of those songs that will help set the mood for any brand new couple that is beginning to move past that very first stage of getting to know one another. All of this in mind, ‘A Little Bit Closer’ proves in the end to be a solid introduction for Brent & Co. on its new EP. It also proves the song to be one more of the record’s highest points. Together with ‘Why Oh Why’ and ‘Collected,’ all three songs clearly and solidly show why this up and coming independent act is destined for greatness given the right support. Brent & Co. is available now. It can be downloaded direct via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Brent-Co/dp/B017E3O3TY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1447777701&sr=1-1&keywords=Brent+%26+Co.
Brent & Co.’s new self-titled EP is one of the best of this year’s crop of new EPs. That is because of its originality and ability to entertain audiences in whole. Over the course of its twenty-minute plus run time, Brent & Co. keeps audiences engaged and entertained with songs that musically display the influence of the band’s more well-known counterparts, yet still maintain their own identity from beginning to end. The record’s lyrical content is just as certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained. That is because while the songs are lyrically centered on relationships, not one of the songs ever goes over the top in its lyrical content. They never get schmaltzy. This is exhibited in all three of the songs noted here. It is also exhibited just as much in the EP’s remaining trio of tracks. Regardless of which song(s) one chooses, it can be said of the record in whole that it is a diamond in the rough that every listener will be glad to discover. More information on More information on Brent & Co. is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:
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