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BRADY ARNOLD

Crossover Prog • United States


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Brady Arnold is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter making recordings out of his home studio. The style of music can vary from progressive-rock to electronic-pop. Many of the recent recordings feature instruments built by Brady himself, such as an electronic drum kit, and a double neck guitar. As of 2013, Brady has retired from making music to pursue a full time career as a 3d modeler.

History: Brady started his musical journey on drums and keyboards in 1990, and by the end of the following year he learned guitar and founded his first band. In October of 1993 Brady recorded his first LP Psychotrax which would be the start of a highly prolific solo career. By the end of the 90's the whole thing would be turned into a contest to see how many drugs could be consumed while still being able to write and record songs. This would result in a guitar being thrown off a bridge, stolen equipment, and Brady being forced into rehab.

In May of 2000 Brady began working on his first post rehab album titled The United States of Unconsciousness. Lots of new recording equipment was purchased for this album, giving the short pop-rock songs a well polished, radio friendly sound. This would not signal the end of the progressive rock recordings as the very next year Brady started work on the highly experimental Anti-Human LP. In January of 2003 Brady began writing and recording for the Ice Age LP which is often referred to as his best work. The album features an equal mix of progressive-rock, and pop with lots of mellotron throughout. Two more albums of new material followed, before the start of a huge undertaking to re-recording loads of material from the past.

From 2008 to 2013 Brady would focus mainly on re-recording earlier material from the 90's with the release of such LP's as 96 Soundtrack, and Primal Distortions. The only new material to surface in this time would be The Hologram EP (2012), and One More For The Void (2013). One More For The Void would be the last album of new material to be released before calling it quits in 2013. Brady would explain in a youtube video that a lack of fan base, and little exposure were the main reasons for walking away from music. Additional unreleased material is planned for release by the end of 2014.

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Blue
1999
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United States Of Unconsciousness
2001
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Anti-Human
2002
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Inner Turmoil
2005
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Turn Of The Tides
2006
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Ice Age
2011
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Old World
2012
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96 Soundtrack
2012
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Project B: Creatures Of The Attic
2012
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Primal Distortions
2012
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One More For The Void
2013
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Project B: A Stranger In The Luxury Suite
2013
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Instrumentals
2013
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Project B: Icy Scales
2014
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Instrumentals Volume 2
2014

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The 90s Tapes
2011
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What Now, What Next
2012

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Zooo
2000
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The Hologram
2012

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 Instrumentals Volume 2 by ARNOLD, BRADY album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Instrumentals Volume 2
Brady Arnold Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Seasonal drift

I always enjoy giving the many under-the-radar musicians a bit of exposure. Brady's website welcome of "Who the f**k is Brady Arnold?" told me I was on the right track. Arnold was a prolific independent musician from Ohio (lots of great artists from Ohio it seems!) with many releases but recently walked away from music to pursue other interests. He has admitted that finding interested fans on such a crowded web music stage was a frustration that precipitated his move:

"I'd like to think that I have given the music more than a chance to take off, and to my dismay, it has not done so even in the slightest. I have truly put my heart into this for more than 20 years, and cannot continue to do so without the support of a fan base. I appreciate the few of you that have subscribed for my original music, as well as your occasional comments, and support."

Arnold has a wealth of releases in different styles, from experimental electronic music to progressive pop to albums inspired by King Crimson's Projekct Series of recordings . With such a selection to choose from I grabbed one of his mellower titles, "Instrumentals Volume 2" because we are in the time of year that inspired the music, and I enjoy instrumental albums which come with some kind of concept. As the lovely cover art suggests, this album seeks to document in a musical way the transition of seasons from late summer through winter and into early spring. The music is performed exclusively (or nearly so) with synthesizer and much of it has that new-agey keyboard guy feel to it, which I don't typically go for but in this case it worked pretty well.

While Arnold has more rocking and abrasive stuff in his canon of work, this is not one of them. This is chill music, definitely one to kick back and relax to. Modern, well recorded synths float and oscillate in the earlier tracks with some programmed bass and percussion used sparingly. "Evening Rain" is especially beautiful and I like the way the two "Morning Rain" pieces are variations of each other. There is a bit of reserved acoustic guitar that adds a lovely warmth to the sometimes cold feel of digital everything. About half way through "Random Symphony" throws a curve at you with a section that feels like avant chamber music. This leads to my favorite part of the album which is an ode to the four months of August through November. The pieces are similar but each recorded with a different synth sound and one in piano, which brings another rich element to the sound. (I would have loved more piano!) "Alone through the Winter" is the longest piece at about 6 minutes and it conveniently mirrors the winter storm that happens to be going on right outside my window as I type--a perfect day for enjoying this work. The sounds and the playing feel cold and distant, conjuring images of wind and snow, and feelings of loneliness and being lost. "Winter Storm" extends the cold theme through another track until the album ends with "First Sign of Spring." As you'd guess this piece is more uplifting, light, and ethereal.

This is definitely a niche album for fans of light instrumental electronic music and new age music. Although I think anyone can appreciate music like this under the right circumstances. It is well done, thoughtful, and I enjoyed it. A bit north of 3 stars although shy of 4.

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