[Originally posted @ insidenokiamusic.com
Solo albums, the inevitable self-indulgent need to liberate oneself creatively from the mostly unsung heroes largely responsible for the success of the band from whence one came, all the while preying on their established fan base. As a flag-flyer for the lesser credited band members this is something I have my reservations about… Apparently!
Nonetheless, as a Comes With Music
subscriber and an adamant discography collector of multiple physical formats from the bands I hold in high esteem, I can afford the luxury of completing these discographies for that purpose alone, and still take a chance on new music without the fear of a fad purchase that sits embarrassingly among the pride in my collection… and so, as a dedicated Incubus
fan and collector I order a physical copy in the best possible edition I can find. Since a competitor had exclusivity for it’s first week of release, I forget about it until it arrives…
Making it’s way into my post box, I procrastinate in giving it a spin for a day or so but give the included envelope-sealed accompanying letter from Brandon a read and soon get the impression that he shares some of my own concerns about solo material, making clear the fact that Incubus aren’t in any jeopardy whatsoever and that the songs merely came about from “pot meanderings”.
Giving insight into Incubus’ songwriting process, Brandon modestly downplays himself as just a singer and lyricist, shining light on the rest of the band as the musicians by revealing that he’s presented with the sound which he then sculpts into a song. So in having some downtime before sessions for the next Incubus album, it’s understandable why Brandon chose to pursue the recording of the album, as the music in this instance is his.
Addressing another one of my concerns, he also reveals that after considering which musicians he’d have session on the album, that he actually didn’t know any, and so, The Wild Trapeze
is largely a solo album true to the term, bar the odd contribution on keys by producer Dave Fridmann.
So, Brandon’s “not a musician” and I’m not tuned into song lyrics, so how does it fare? Well, compositions don’t have to be rich or complicated to be beautiful. In fact, I’m more inclined to melody, drone and string buzz myself… something The Wild Trapeze excels in and has made Brandon’s solo effort one of my favourite albums of 2010… so says the back to back plays I’ve granted it.Brandon Boyd
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