Saturday, November 22, 2014
My Flying Machine, the fascinating new musical project featuring Hamilton boy Brandon General defies categorization. The genre blending debut EP Happiness is a Learned Behavior has synthesized both modern and traditional elements perfectly.
It has a stunning 60's wall of sound feel with lush harmonies (sometimes even choir-like) and catchy hooks. Many songs also blend in a modern alt-pop folk sound which works surprisingly well. A little bit of swing and soul make their way into the mix to add some bounce. This is most evident in the infectious version of Blind Willie McTell's Pal O' Mine. Brandon's beautiful, poetic lyrics tie everything together nicely.
The core of My Flying Machine consists of Brandon (guitar, piano, bass, vocals) with James Prasek of Dunnville's Cover Story (drums) and Hamilton gal Brennagh Burns (harmonies/choir). Other musicians on the EP include Kyle Rowe of Cover Story (electric guitar), Wes Martin of Ol' CD (bass), Justin McCabe (bass), Ben Pierson (sax), Brad Gaudreau (trombone), Eric McIntyre (trumpet) and Port Dover's Cindy Dell (violin) and Roxanne Rendle (choir).
You can download this wondrous EP at My Flying Machine's Bandcamp Page.
Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers
Video above courtesy of Brandon General
Blast from the Past: Brandon General, Brennagh Burns and other on an episode of Ensemble!
Links: My Flying Machine, More Brandon General Stories, More Releases
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