“It was just too painful,” says the NYC-based songwriter of why it took so long to make this deeply personal music public.
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“Animals” is the latest track from David Bronson’s 22-song cycle “The Long Lost Story”
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“It’s a song about the opposing forces of recklessness and restraint that fight within us,” David Bronson says of “Animals,” the latest track from his 22-track, two-album song-cycle “The Long Lost Story.” “Like the whole project, it was written as a reaction; a somewhat idealistic plea-scream from a young and wounded bleeding heart. It’s also a very pronounced statement of loss.” “The Long Lost Story” isn’t just an imaginative title for the NYC-based songwriter’s collection of Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin evoking songs that have seen release over the course of 2013. It’s actually the only way to describe a wealth of material that was so painful for Bronson to make public that he hid the recordings for nearly a decade.
“It’s the most definitive meaning of the name,” he says. “The other parts being a description of a person who’s quintessentially ‘lost,’ and it also alludes to a lost relationship, as well.” Bronson found catharsis in writing and recording the material at the time that he cut the tracks some 10 years ago, but explains, “it was just too painful to face, which is why it took so long to make public.” The material finally saw the light of day this year with the release of the louder tunes as Story in early 2013 and then its quieter, acoustic-based prequel The Long Lost last month.
The albums, produced by Bronson and mixed by Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Sparks, Glen Campbell), have earned the attention of music discovery websites in the US such as Under The Radar, Baeblemusic, American Songwriter, and My Old Kentucky Blog among others, and Bronson has also found welcoming ears in the UK where his work is currently being heralded. As for revisiting all of these feelings up nearly a decade after the fact, Bronson explains, “I suppose it’s unusual to release a record so long after its making, but being so far away from where I was during the writing and recording really emphasizes the documentary aspect of the whole thing for me. I’m very happy that this period of my young life was recorded, and very excited to let it out into the world at long last.”
Bronson has now moved on to new work and is back in the studio (once again with Diamond) completing an all-new full-length. “Benefitting from Godfrey’s decades of experience, it’s been done in a very different manner than the first two,” Bronson says. “The album is very far along, and sound-wise, it’s a whole different thing; a real evolution from ‘The Long Lost Story.’ Song-wise, it’s a new level of maturity, being that it’s the first music I’ll be putting out that’s contemporaneous with my life.” When Bronson isn’t writing and recording his solo material, he can be found working as a contributing composer and editor on filmmaker Jennifer Elster’s “The Being Experience.” The project is an unflinching look at existence, featuring a cast of actors, thinkers, and musicians including Dave Matthews, Moby, Questlove, Rufus Wainwright, and Yoko Ono among many others.
David Bronson’s “The Long Lost Story” (comprised of the albums Story and The Long Lost) is out now. Bronson is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
The Long Lost
(S/R – Out Now)
01. The Lost
04. Crooked Trails
08. In a Cave
09. Once when I was god
10. One Simple Myth
11. Stay in Touch
(S/R – Out Now)
04. Easier (VIDEO)
05. The Ones
06. Us (VIDEO)
09. Watch the Sun (October Reprise) (VIDEO)
10. Outside (VIDEO)
11. Unending (Underture)
David Bronson Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion