Brasstracks Album ‘Golden Ticket’ Reintroduces The Instrument To Music
If there’s one thing Brasstracks know how to do, is play some instruments.
In their debut album, Golden Ticket, we say hello to instrumentation. Brasstracks brought it back to the vital ‘instrument’ that brought music to fruition.
If it weren’t for the bass of a drum, or the brassiness of a trumpet music wouldn’t have much soul behind it. And this album is crafted around that simple idea, that instruments need to put back into the industry.
At its start, Basket Case kicks off this funky, fresh album with audio from a woman. A woman who’s trying to push them into the “status quo” but without originality, music wouldn’t exist.
“Originality never wears out.”
This clearly defines the album from start to finish, and we’re immediately greeted by an entourage of horns. The production of horns brings us back to the origin of jazz, soul with a twist behind it.
Musical Duo, Ivan Jackson, and Conor Rayne teamed up after attending the Manhattan School of Music to bring back instruments to the industry. Artists today have used their natural talents to use mixing to their advantage, but Brasstracks created a familiar lane, but with a spin that most of us have missed.
As listeners travel through this album they’ll find soul artists like Lawrence, Elliot Skinner, Samm Henshaw and more. All vital to creating a space for artists alike to appreciate the sound of the instruments that form this album.
Nothing Better, is a perfect song to close out the summer. It’s a groove that everyone can dance too, but its production is what makes it particularly special. The combination of horns, with John Splithoff’s voice created the perfect blend of sound meshed into one.
The album is echoed throughout this album, that with music it’s supposed to be about what’s important to the artist, not the demand of others. Change For Me is the perfect break in this album. A soft vibe, as the artist is questioning one’s purpose, but high in individuality and living in one’s purpose it creates an eclectic energy that feeds into the latter half of the album.
We can’t forget one of the greatest song on the album. Brasstracks gave it the album name, Golden Ticket ft Masego and Common. This dynamic duo is the perfect song that applies to the world around us, specifically when it comes to the identity of black artists within the industry.
The production of this song made the album complete. Using the effortless flow from both talented artists, we see something completely new from artist Masego. Its a break from the usual performance, but still accenting the “trap-house” jazz flare that all his fans know and love.
The album made its mark as it brings the summer to a close. Its emphasis on instrumentation brings a new idea into the industry that we need to get it back. Instruments really bring a body of work to the next level, and Brasstracks didn’t miss a beat.
Madison Hunt is an aspiring music journalist from Washington DC. Her love for music started at a young age, having played the percussion since the fourth grade, music has always been a huge part of her life. She has an extensive resume writing for local publications within the metropolitan area. Her hopes are to highlight the potential of the DMV music market, as well as, create impactful stories surrounding the progression of the music industry. She specializes in covering neo-soul events and musicians. Some of her favorite musicians include Lauryn Hill, India Arie, SZA, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, and more.