Bron Halpin aka Bronsense recently released his self-titled album Bronsense which is a concoction of disparate and like-minded electronic elements such as drones, blips, beeps, clicks and much more. Fans of Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Oneohtrix Point Never will enjoy this release immensely. One of the most intriguing aspects of this album is the attention to detail. Almost every measure is different than the last, which makes for very satisfactory consumption. The music here is the definition of headphone music and while it is acceptable to listen to it with your buddies, it is best enjoyed by yourself with a nice pair of Earbuds.
The album opens up with a quick introduction appropriately called “Introducing,” which is a loose collection of sounds before going into one of the highlights of the album called “Drums & Drones.” Fans of Aphex Twin may find similarities between this song and “Windowlicker” but not enough to make you criticize the song. In fact the similarities become diminished as the song progresses. Halpin manipulates drum sounds within a vortex of vocal samples as he continually reimagines his canvas of sound. By the end the song establishes that Halpin isn't a force to be taken lightly.
“The New Ringtone” is comprised of warm sine waves that sound like the innards of a robot while “Pluck” sounds more akin to a field recording. “Drumming Sphere” is a dissonant, ominous sounding track with sub frequencies that make your blood curdle. The track feels foreign and menacing.
“Xmas Pud” is the other main attraction to the record besides “Drums & Drones.” Off the bat the song is experimental. To put it clearly, the sounds could be an audio representation of what it feels like to have a trip on DMT. It sounds as if alien life forms are surrounding your conscience. Alien vocals are muffled or implied throughout the track. It creates a dizzying sense of fear and claustrophobia. The drum programming at the end of the track is extremely strong. It elevates the track to the next level and leaves with an impression.
Halpin is impressive throughout Bronsense. He shows restraint, skilled programming and originality.
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