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Jonathan Bree's second album 'A Little Night Music' is officially released today.Featuring 'Weird Hardcore', 'Murder' and 'Once It Was Nice', Flood magazine accurately described it as sounding like 'Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence'.The new album has been influenced significantly by classical music, after inheriting some classical music on vinyl - a first time for Beatles-mad Bree who was always too busy listening to the White Album to bother with Tchaikovsky.Thematically Bree has ...
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Roughly two years since his first solo album 2013's Primrose Path, "A Little Night Music" sees Bree taking a more free-form approach to his usually more rigid and pop-minded style. This is partly due to a new interest in classical music, more specifically Russian Ballet suites. "A Little Night Music" features a string quartet, and guest vocals by Auckland soprano Ella Smith.
Building upon the success of her 2011 debut Lil' Golden Book, which spawned the internet sensation "The Cigarette Duet" (which has racked up nearly twenty million hits on YouTube), the new album is a sparkling, glittering epic, weaving layers upon layers of synths to create a fantastical universe that is out of this world.
"It's 4am music. The music is darker but there's still a little optimism in there somewhere," says singer Lucy Botting. "But only if you really look for it." "My favourite song on the album, 'Brute', is a story about two people living alone trying hard to love each other. When Darian first showed it to me I wasn't sure how I felt about it, it's so sad. In the recording I sing about the darker side of relationships, the admiration and fear you can hold towards someone," says Lucy.