Along with his band duties Bruner is also a , acclaimed for his work on 's 2008 and Flying Lotus' 2010. On his sharper, more focused second album, he works through anguish -- the loss of close friend and musical partner -- with some staggeringly emotive and tightly composed content. The Bruner brothers were members of , a quartet with and , who released a self-titled album in 2004. Possessing a kinship and interest in the L. There's less room for instrumentals and noodling, but even those moments are purposeful. Denser and fathoms deeper, this is some kind of leap. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr.
In 2016, Bruner revealed to that he is working on a new album with Flying Lotus as a main contributor. His debut full length, Golden Age of the Apocalypse, is awash in it. He calls upon many of the musicians he has helped in the recent past, including everyone listed above, as well as additional members of the connected Mochilla, Brainfeeder, and Plug Research families -- , , and , among others. Colin Buttimer 2011 Thundercat is bass-playing Los Angeles native Stephen Brunner. Several cuts are instrumental workouts, unpredictable and flagrantly noodle-y. With The Golden Age of the Apocalypse, he moves from sideman to solo artist, and serves up gnarly jazz-funk variations on L.
This is the sort of densely layered, expertly played, genre-crossing marvel that could easily turn bloated or excessive, or come off like a display of pure skill with little heart behind it. He released his first solo album in 2011, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, which featured production from Flying Lotus, and was influenced by 1970s artists such as and. Between and , his second and third albums, bassist contributed to a slew of remarkable recordings by fellow Los Angeles dwellers -- ' , 's and , 's , and 's among them. Proclaiming that he hopes jazz can be the new hip-hop one day, his second album, Apocalypse, challenges the notions of music with a forward-thinking release — one that is in many ways, a breakthrough. Specially made for a long, hot, daydream-filled summer. There's less room for instrumentals and noodling, but even those moments are purposeful. At live shows, the young displayed flair and dexterity, playing some of 's three-finger riffs with just his thumb.
After all, it's not every day that you find a record that simultaneously recalls the laid-back sprawl of Erykah Badu's Return of the Ankh and the bustling mania of Mouse on Mars' Iaora Tahiti, the slick jazz futurism of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and the gentle homespun soul of Bill Withers' Just As I Am. Others venture into tranquil folk-soul and soft jazz-pop; for all the animated instrumental flexing on display, it's those atmospheric and simpler songs that move the most. Quietly holding everything together, the bassist is an appreciated cog powering the machine, but rarely the combustion chamber. First coming to prominence as a member of band , he has since released four solo studio albums and is noted for his work with producer and his appearance on 's critically acclaimed 2015 album. I forgot you was my friend Your purse is nice, baby, is it leather? Then: some hanging-in-the-studio banter, some laughter. A day at the office, basically.
He surrounds himself with a slightly different cast of old and newer associates, including the first three figures listed above, keyboardist , drummer , and producer. For Thundercat, Apocalypse is a special transcendent place where he seeks to take his music. For better and worse, there's a lot of foolishness occurring here. In a strongly positive review for Daniel Sylvester praised Bruner's groove and ability to seemingly shift through song to song while changing a few things, but keeping that groove going well. Along with the involvements with previous artists, Thundercat draws inspiration from jazz musicians such as , and. The album was also included in the 2018 edition of the book. Some super talented old hippies may never understand the magic that is an artist like Flying Lotus, what with all his computer and video game noises and galactic low-end approach to a similarly tie-dyed view of life.
Bass maestro Stephen Bruner's found a few ways to avoid that fate: cultivating a sessionman's versatility equally suited to gigs with both Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, aligning himself with the artsy but down-to-earth Brainfeeder community, and, as Thundercat, putting out solo work that, from the outset of 2011's The Golden Age of Apocalypse, used his chops almost exclusively for a feeling of fidgety joy. While still in high school, he joined as part of the L. He then joined his brother , a Grammy-winning drummer, in the long-running skatepunk band. Through this, he is frequently able to renew elements from old soul, funk, and jazz albums. Just one listen to this album reveals why; the grace and versatility of Bruner's playing transforms his supporting instrument into a leading one rich with musical possibility. Picking up on the vinyl-influenced woolliness that's always been a prevalent, if at times minor, strain in hip-hop and dance music, the tradition maintained by producers like J.
Erykah Badu, Dr Dre and Odd Future have joined Suicidal Tendencies and Flying Lotus as Thunder fans. Heartbreaks, setbacks, breakups, makeups Love, love, love, love, love Breakdowns, buildups, talk downs, drag downs First we'll find our hearts Baby, it used to be a change for us to see Baby, we'll figure out where we're supposed to be Until we find the truth there's something we should do Can't let the love stop flowing from me to you You know we tried way too hard to find A love that's really blind so why even try? Additional guests , , and add to the star power, but the main attraction is 's singular combination of tremulous yet fluid bass and aching falsetto. It is a record that equally represents the past and the future, one that plays around with perceptions, moods, feelings and emotions. California Birth Index, 1905 - 1995. This prejudice is usually based around the idea that anyone who has that much invested in the technical aspects of their preferred instrument has gotten so far up their super-muso ass that there's no emotional engagement in the music itself.
You can imagine Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, as a kindergartner, new to bass-playing, lying in ThunderCats cartoon bedding in the 1980s, dreaming up the musical future. Or could it be suede? For a moment during the early 2000s, he was in , a boy band successful enough to be included on German hits compilations beside Destiny's Child and. On his sharper, more focused second album, he works through anguish -- the loss of close friend and musical partner Austin Peralta -- with some staggeringly emotive and tightly composed content. One of the many charms of 's first album, , was the manner in which the supernaturally skilled bassist seemed to wing his way through songwriting -- stumbling upon ideas, going with the flow, goofing off -- and come up with brilliance. But what separates Apocalypse from Bruner's debut is the more refined and thoughtful approach the heralded bassist reveals in his song-writing, weaving running themes of bewilderment, measured acceptance and a longing for the one who just won't come into a more cohesive whole this time out. It is his first studio album in nearly four years, his last studio album being. A year later he joined his brother.