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Bronzed Chorus “Summering” album review

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Jessica Clifford
  Staff Writer

With the routines of classes finally settling in for us college students, nothing is better than a good playlist in the background while reading over the dreadful chemistry notes from last week’s class. However, finding the right study music can be difficult. (Unless you are one of those people that can listen to just about anything).

Some people enjoy soft ballads for a sharp focus, others want upbeat music that will give them endurance to reread every chapter for the test. Whatever side you are on, The Bronzed Chorus, can really keep your mind in the zone.

The Bronzed Chorus is a local Greensboro duo that consists of Hunter Allen and Adam Joyce. Allen is the versatile member, performing on both drums and keys. It should also be mentioned that when performing live Hunter set up various electronic triggers to his drumset. Anything that makes an interesting sound is Joyce, the guitarist of the group. Having basically enough effects to pedals at his feet to simulate a supercomputer of sound, Adam is able to create guitar licks and tones that form a giant soundscape. The long-time friends are going on their tenth year as a duo, and just released their third album, “Summering”, this past September.

Before listening to the album, it is important to note that Joyce loves using octave pedals throughout nearly all of his tracks. This gives the tracks a larger tonal range so that the guitar can reach notes bass in the bass register, as well as high-pitch tones. This threw me for a loop when I first started listening, since I am more of a basic acoustic guitar fan myself. Yet, Joyce knows how to mesh together these synthetic sounds to make each song wholistically different. The duo is not afraid to explore new sounds either. This album, similar to their other works, has inventive beats that always brings something fresh to their sound.

Track one, “Don’t Go to that Pool Party,” eases the listener in with a steady mix of guitar and drums, only for the song to pick up a quarter of the way through and stay climaxing. Yet, the track has a wave-like appeal, picking up speed only to slow down once more. This song flourishes the ears with the perfect song for summer. Even though Autumn is now here, it still has those grandiose emotions of summer.

The second track ,“Books,”  is most definitely one of my favorites on the album because the octave pedal is less harsh, yet the song has an airier feel than the rest. There is a tin-sounding object being hit with a metronomic-quality in the background, consistently establishing the pace for the track. The beat lures the listener  into an easy head bob that doesn’t stop till the synthesizer dies off with one last reverberation.

The oddly named fourth-track, “Tin Roof Burrito,” starts with a consistent rough electric guitar sound playing in the background. Then, 1:50 comes around and brings springy keys that eventually gives way to a sudden halt after only lasting about half a minute . Each instrument is added till the former electric beat, keys, and drums come to another ominous ending.  

Track five, “It Snows Here Forever,” is a break from their usual emphatic tracks. Instead, the guitar sounds dreamlike and peaceful, as if some bittersweet moment is coming to a close.

“Hounds of the Barrier,” track seven, begins by sounding as if it will be another “It Snows Here Forever,” until a little over a minute when the guitar and drums are included. The song keeps fooling the listener with several false climaxes, when it crescendos, only to soon diminuendo. Yet, this does not detract from the song, instead it makes you want to keep listening.

Track 8, “Rodeo, Rodeo,” showcases Joyce’s quick-fingered guitar playing. But, this track also features video-game sounding noises as if someone just earned a coin, and other unknown noises. The duo chose more of an electronic sound in this song that is not really heard in the other tracks on the album. “Rodeo, Rodeo” concludes with the duo vehemently mashing the music into super-speed, then clipping the instruments to a sudden stop.

The most surprising of the tracks, is “Decollage.” Even though track 9 has a French name I was not anticipating a woman speaking in French to introduce the song and countdown until the instrumental started. Once it did I immediately felt drawn in by its sublime sound. None of Allen’s boisterous drums were featured, Joyce’s guitar was more docile rather than rough. This track was magical, and almost felt like movie’s soundtrack.

“Summering”, the newest album by The Bronzed Chorus included a mix of tracks, with at least one you would want to play on repeat.  For someone that is not a total fan of solely instrumental music, I must say the album was more fulfilling than I would have expected. Now, next time you are having a hard time wondering what music to play while studying, just turn on your Spotify and listen to some of The Bronzed Chorus. You will definitely thank me.

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