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Elliot Brown - Album Review: Jingles 4

02 Jul 2015 // A review by Andrew Smit

Smooth and stylish music abounds in this cutely titled Jingles 4 album, 10 songs with high quality modern folk arrangements that are accompanied by slick vocal harmonies and melodies that have a very charming quality. Elliot Brown tells stories of life and wonder in a comical but cool way, narrating real world hopes and experiences with an audible and tuneful voice that is engaging and wholesome. The music is driven by clean and steady rhythms that are delivered with a healthy mix of varying methods, there are simple drum machine beats, hand patting, tennis ball bounces and simple tapping of hands or sticks.

The smooth sea shanty rhythm of Star feels very smooth and is only improved with its flowing melody and curious Greek sounding guitar picks. Many songs have wonderful splashing and bouncing keyboard symphonics that provide a retro sound to a modern beat. Want Her Back has a cheery upbeat feel, with beatlesque harmonies and melody, Rest Home also provides another Mersey/Folk sound with its interesting Oasis meets Dylan quality. Nile has a very Paul Simon sounding vocal, and is furnished with the most wonderful smile inducing backing vocal arrangement. Hired Labour has very cool vibrato keys, and an even cooler lyrical story.

Each song has a unique sound and structure yet the feel and texture of the music is consistently delightful, the stimulating tunes and real world stories keep you engaged and entertained. Jingles 4 is a thoughtful musical creation that is fresh and heart-warming, a reminder that beautiful music can be found, and its way better that the over pop sound on the radio these days, unless of course they play Elliot Brown's Jingles 4.


About Elliot Brown

Currently Elliot Brown (and The Candy Caps) is a 25 year-old solo recording artist based in Mangawai, Nortland. Influences include Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Tom Paxton, Radio Head, the Pixies, Creedence Clearwater, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Kris Kristofferson, but don’t let his influence by these legends fool you into thinking you’ve heard anything like his craft before. Elliot Brown music fits within several genres, including Modern American Folk, Alternative and Classic Rock, and Modern Alternative Country.

Elliot is a primarily self-taught guitarist and vocalist, receiving his first guitar and lessons from his father at the age of six, and only a few lessons from a professional jazz/classical musician at the age of twelve. Studying a variety of the greatest artists of many disciplines, he has absorbed lessons in classical harmonies from artists such as Bach, vocal harmonies of Brian Wilson, with haunting lyrics inspired by a love of the work of Edgar Allen Poe. He attributes much of his passion to his love of folk and classic country artists, such as Bill Monroe and Hank Williams. Elliot Brown’s music captures the full spectrum of human emotion with his complex melodies and visual lyrics. His talent is self-evident, or as Kim Freiderich of Punk Globe says, “[Elliot is] a man with so much talent that it made me stop and drop what I was doing…I found myself listening to his songs one by one over and over… mesmerized with what I was hearing.” Kim goes on to point out; “You are not signed to a label, which I find quite funny since it’s been a long time since I have heard this much talent.” This is a common response to Elliot's magic. Paul Gallagher of Under the Radar and 95bFM who has played his music “religiously” says, “[He is] one of the more under-appreciated troubadours of New Zealand music, Elliot Brown has been a force of lyrical talent for as long as I have known him”; going on to add, “There has always been a mix of brutally earnest honesty within Elliot's music and a thematic blues folk aesthetic of an Dylan / Bo Diddley / Winston Churchill-speech quoting odyssey.”

Elliot’s debut album Delirium Tremens features 21 songs recorded over the last two years, with samplings from both The Stomps and Elliot Brown and the Candy Caps, recorded by Gundry Audio, and is available for sale at Amazon, download at iTunes and available for sample on his WebPages. Elliot is continuing to compose music, write lyrics and record tracks for his upcoming album, expected to be completed by January of 2011. Currently, Elliot is playing venues based in New Zealand, But with a solid fan base of 27,000 in the USA, is also planning a tour of the United States within the Year.

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Jingles 4
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Lies Your Momma Told Me
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Road To Destruction
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Delirium Tremens
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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