Ricardo Temporao

Ricardo Temporao

Ricardo Temporao


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Bio
Brutus Begins is a project by psych-folk artist Ricardo Temporao. The Hamilton based musician resamples and processes elements of nature, acoustic instruments and synthesizers to create a sonic landscape that blurs the lines between the real and the reconstructed.   The songwriting and storytelling remain the heart of a world that mirrors our own - commenting on our vices, ambitions and ultimately our evolution. 

Brutus Begins released "Uncanny Valley" to critical praise. It's been described as "...a juggernaut of a debut", "phenomenal", "as addicting and inviting as a soma hit" and "...one of the most compelling and high quality debuts we've heard in a decade". 

Currently Ricardo and his team are in production for his next release.
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Recent Submissions

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Andrea Young

Love the visuals and inside look at you at work playing guitar and piano.  Really brings the track to life. And really like the discordant harmonies on this as well, but not sure where to place this on playlists because of its unusual discordant nature at the same time.  Your artist name is a bit out of the ordinary and gave me a way different impression of what I was expecting to hear, so that is a bit distracting to start.  Your 'Description' below is one of the most well thought out and comprehensive I've seen, great job with similar artist statements and the like.  I'm going to pass on this, but regretfully.  I really like it, and will listen privately to it for a bit here and see if I can figure out where to place it further, or if your video can be used somehow in showing artists what it means to compose and record a song, so much to love just in that.  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music! 

Hugh McIntyre

This song was perfectly fine, but, and I'm sorry to say, I didn't hear anything that really stood out or that I could be really excited about. I think you need to find your voice and lean into it, as well as perhaps investing in higher quality recording. But keep going!

Benjamin Groff

Hey Brutus .. thanks for the submission.  Nice song and video here.  I know where your chorus was starting - but I still felt 1 min and 30 seconds into the song that I was still waiting for a big central moment for the song to take off.  But all good - definitely a good tune.  I would also suggest that in the 2nd verse you do something to ramp up the production.  You're in what I would call your "2nd Act" and personally I could hear some more production elements going on ... or what I would call a 2nd melody or a riff.  More on that here.  https://www.benjamingroff.com/blog/2nd-melodies-aka-the-riff  Love the idea of "a stuntman holding on to your heart."  Really cool.  Just not sure if the entire piece puts me over the top but definitely strong. p.s. have you tried putting this into a more uptempo type of thing? 

Nate Maingard

Wow, lovely sound right off the bat.

Definitely hearing the Elliot Smith vibe, though not so much it takes away from the originality of the sound.

No real critical feedback, this is a lovely tune and I'll happily share it on my twitter. Hope your music finds its people!

PS: rad video!

Indie Band Guru

The juxtaposition of the laid back vocals and the interesting keyboard melody really grabbed my attention. This track could go in multiple directions. Very listenable.
The video adds a nice layer letting the fans behind the recording scenes. 

RADIO KSCR

I think that this song is great.  I love the harmonies, I love the song.  Everything about this was great. I would love to play this song on the station. 

D Grant Smith

Interesting song Brutus. It's been a while. Glad to see you're still writing thought-provoking and emotional songs. Nice build up in this one. Has a 90s alternative rock vibe to it, which is really appealing. Well done on your mix and mastering. The video could do a little more to communicate the story that your song is trying to illustrate. Cut clips of your recording this doesn't do much for the emotional depth that the song has. 

Brian Hazard

The opening has a Beatles vibe! I like to keep the pop filter at least six inches from the mic. 😜

What a great idea to just film yourself recording and create a video out of it. You've done a great job assembling the footage into something interesting, that helps draw attention to the song.

If I'm being nitpicky, the vocal pitch on some of those long notes is questionable. I wish the drums entered sooner, and I guess what was the chorus didn't really feel like a chorus.

Love the lyrics though. That central image is fantastic. I know the feeling!

Genre-wise, this isn't a great fit for my #synthfam following, but if I pitch the utility angle of the video, that might get a few views.

Jacob Nathan

Right from the jump - LOVE this video. Candidly, I don't really care about music videos 99/100 times but this works to propel the tune. The whole "don't bore us, get to the chorus" is sorta addressed by the visuals. I was in right away.

Definite Elliott Smith vibes, which are a little tough for sync in general. I think that the production & overall style here is strong enough that it shouldn't hold you up too much - just need to get the tunes out there. 

I don't have any negative notes on the music dude - I really like the song and on a technical level it's really tight and plays nicely! I'd say to look at current trends in film & tv music (check out Tunefind, read all the blogs and articles you can find, see what music supervisors work on what shows and cross-reference against what artists they typically license... etc) and then PUSH PUSH PUSH.

Also - this title isn't registered on BMI. That could be lag if you registered it on SOCAN (they work together and sometimes there's a delay) but you need to be VERY EASY TO FIND - when we need to use a song, we can't go hunting for you for too long. I'd call your SOCAN rep and see if they can help you get your contact info up on BMI.

Also, obviously, you gotta build up social. That isn't really my wheelhouse, but that's how things are moving more and more. I'll listen to more of your tunes - subscribing up to your youtube channel now.

Eric Hillebrecht

Hi and thanks for sending.

Cool track. Love the video as well. Nice job on that.

The track has a really lush anthemic feel to it. Kind of reminds me of like you mention in your bio, Beck, but also even artist like David Bowie, and groups like ELO come to mind. Sort of cool, psychedelic, but sonically pleasing as well.

Technically, and i know this isn't a traditional song so the structure doesn't necessarily need to adhere, but for me and this is subjective it would have been nice to hear a little more deviation across the 4 minutes. You sort of vamp on the main progression which is fine, but it would have been cool to have it travel somewhere else or bring in higher highs or lower lows in terms of the arrangement (ie maybe dropping to just vocal at some point, or bringing in strings and bigger drums to really up the feel towards the end). Just a little more dynamics to the overall structure for me would have been pleasing and more emotionally captivating . Again, I am a firm believer in music being art and totally respect what you put down here, but if i had to point something out that struck me it would be that.

Overall, great work. Dig the vibe, the vocal, the sentiment, and the visual. Nice job all around and i appreciate you sending. If you are potentially interested in sync let me know and we can connect on that front.

Best,

EH



 

Alan Cross

Outstanding! Love it!

Send me a high-quality MP3 and lemme see what I can do about getting a feature on The Edge. Send it to alan@alancross.ca

And is there an official release date for this or an album?

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Cover Me Up Lyric Video by Brutus Begins

Jacob Nathan

I dig this tune! if there was an option between 'like it' and 'love it' - i'd have chosen that. Personally, I enjoy it and think it's very listenable. From a commercial/professional point of view - I think you're doing much more right than wrong, however - there are a few areas of improvement I notice

consider the 1.15 mark - it doesn't hit quite hard enough maybe a bigger/harder build?

bridge comes in at around 2.15 - i think this is the strongest part of the song... and it takes you a little too long to get into it

I like the overall vibe & instrumentation. production is slick! I think it gets a bit repetitive on the outro. 

also, I think you have a great voice and really wouldn't change the vocal performance. the overall word here in terms of my feedback i guess would be 'tightening'

Eric Hillebrecht

Like the dreamy quality of the instrumental and vocal. Airy and engaging. The singing is a little off kilter which works. Very indie quality to it that works. I would have liked to hear a little deviation from the track in general like a bridge or breakdown. Maybe even a full break from the instrumental and just acapella section. Also like the interplay of the two vocals and the section where you get more aggressive in the vocal timbre. Overall a nice track. I'd love to hear more.

RADIO KSCR

I like the song it is just the right amount on melancholy.  I also enjoyed the lyric video.  I thought that some of the words were not readable because of the style chosen but overall I really like it.  

Indie Band Guru

Nice mellow yet interesting vibe. Good chorus. Very cool effect for a lyric video too.

Alan Cross

Another nice one from you. I like the style of the lyric video, too. I haven't seen anything presented quite like this before. 

No notes from me on songwriting, performance, arrangement, or production. This one stands well on its own. And I generally don't say this, but I like the ending: a nice, quick cut.

This could work at radio in a variety of formats: alternative, AAA, and maybe even pop (pop is all about ballads these days). I'd start at alternative simply because it fits in with a lot of what the format is playing these days.

I also can also see this one being good for a sync opportunity for TV or film.  Time to hit up the music supervisors!

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

RADIO KSCR

I really like this music video and the song is very catchy.  The song is very well produced and it is great musically speaking.  I thought that the lyric video was very creative.  It is great all around.  I would love to play it on my station. 

Indie Band Guru

Catchy track. Interesting analog fills contradict the pop vocals. Keeps attention 

Alan Cross

Another great track. This certainly works with what's going on with alt-pop these days. Again, no notes from me on songwriting, performance or performance. I'd love to hear what a big-name producer might do with the final mix. There's an opportunity make it sound bigger and more cinematic, especially in the chorus. (I have no idea how to technically do that; it's way above my pay grade.)

Have you got management? An agent? How about a radio plugger? If not, it's time to look around.

I'll pass this through my social media networks. Let's see what kind of traffic you see.

Good work! Keep it up.

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

The Nothing Here by Brutus Begins

RADIO KSCR

I really like this music video it is wonderfully complex and the song is fantastic.  I like how the video takes a bit of a dark turn.  I would love to play it on the station.  

Nate Maingard

Very cool song, I don't have any critiques as far as the production goes, sound great!

Lovely video too :).

I'll happily share this. I'm away at the moment but when I return in September I'll post to my twitter community 

Indie Band Guru

Beautiful song that fits in the current indie music scene perfectly. Very well made video to go along with it. Great visuals and a real story told by both the song and video. Bravo.

D Grant Smith

Another impressive song and video. Your music and songwriting keeps getting better and better. I really love this one! Send it to me. You have my email address right? Easiest is dgrant@dgrantsmith.com. Let's talk soon!

Hugh McIntyre

The video was cool, and I think it was well done for what I'm assuming was a small budget (typically the case with smaller acts). I wasn't as excited about the song, but it was still fine. Not really my thing, but I bet some people would be into it. I can't say if it actually even needed anything, or if it just wasn't for me.

Alan Cross

This is outstanding! I love everything about it.

I'll share this online with my networks. And if you send a high-quality MP3 to alan@alancross.ca, I'll see if I can find a spot on my radio show.

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

THE NOTHING HERE LYRIC VIDEO by BRUTUS BEGINS

Mike Mineo

Flickering keys and a soothing synth-bass comprise the initial moments, projecting a captivating and nocturnal type of soundscape. Vocals initially show a sort of cool nonchalance initially, picking up a hitch to a gliding sort of passion as the track progresses. Key-laden interlude around 01:10 does well in adding some variation to the mix early on, so the listener maintains focus. The keys prance around nicely at 01:45, comprising a moment that repeats nicely until conclusion, as the calming organ permeates to close it out. This is a pleasant track fit for night driving. I look forward to supporting on OS. Also, since you marked needing help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Would love to work with you. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Angela Mastrogiacomo

I really love this track! It's incredibly catchy, and the dancers in the video keep it engaging enough to watch. I'm not super into the font/colors of the lyrics, but I do appreciate the contrast to the black and white video. Like I said though, the track itself is super catchy and I'd love to work with it!

Nate Maingard

This song is immediately catchy and engaging, lovely! 

Like science-fiction Beatles having a psychedelic experience. 

I don't have any feedback from a production perspective, it sounds lovely and well-balanced throughout to my ears. Wish I could record my own music this well!

Could definitely imagine this as a soundtrack to some cool scene in an indie film, a road trip or something like that.

Not really into the video, but that might just be because it's not my style, or I don't get it. One man's pleasure is another's pain, right 😉

Happy to share the song on my twitter, hope it helps!
Best of luck to you!
Nate

D Grant Smith

Cool tune my friend! I lost myself in it for a little bit. Do you have a new album you're releasing. Email me and let's talk more.

SD Hox

Great sound! I really like this track. Solid vocals and a strong backing track (plus a cool video). Definitely a cut above some of the other stuff that is submitted for review. Let me know when it is up on Spotify and I'm happy to include in future playlists. Thanks for sharing!!

Kevin Hugger

We're definitely dealing with something beyond the norm here, a Beatles influenced act for sure but one that might sit easily at the table occupied by Django Django too. It is laidback stuff but has an air of memorability throughout and that is not just in the falsetto crescendos but in the pops and squeaks that emerge in the arrangements that could easily have come across as fractured but are completely vital for the success of the piece. Occupying that halfway house between dance and pop this is something I could see myself bopping along to at the weekend and that is a rarity let me tell you. A thoroughly fine few minutes.

Chris Lovett

Hi, thanks very much for sharing with us. First thing I notice is that baseline, is it a sample? The progression really reminds me of another song but right now it escapes me. Ahhh it's really annoying me, I know it. I know, I know it. I can hear it in my head. It's going to bug me all day. But anyways, I really like it. The Production is great, lyrics, loads of hooks, instrumentation. Everything about this I really like. I am a sucker for 80s inspired music. I think that's where the sample is from right? An 80s track? The video is good too. The font is probably not my favourite but it's a lyric video. I see that you are doing some live shows, it's literally the best way to build up some following and develop your sound and performance Also maybe reach out to some local radio stations. But yeah, great work. New fan in Souterrain. Thanks again for sharing with us. Kx

Alan Cross

This is pretty. Nice work. I haven't anything to offer when it comes to songwriting, performance or production. It's certainly in line with what's happening in indie and alt-rock today.

Have you sent me stuff before? The name seems family. (Forgive me, but I get so many submissions!)

Time for some questions:

1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and synchs? Income from a publishing deal? All these paths need to be investigated.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word. 

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations, public radio and commercial alternative/AAA radio.

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Play live as much as possible. Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. But I have a feeling you knew that, right? 

7.  Great job getting something on YouTube. Even a lyric video li,e this works. You need to be on every platform where people might discover you.

I'll post this on my social networks. That's good for at least 100,000 people.

Brian Hazard

I really like these lyrics! I'm guessing that like me, you care more about how the words make you feel, than what they mean. The first two lines kinda give it away, since smoke doesn't have a mouth and all... 😅

Really cool video too. It's got a slick retro vibe with the aerobics and synth bass, but it's not just cheesy nostalgia.

Vocals are distinctively lovely as well, particularly in the chorus. They just want to float away into the ether (like smoke? 😩)

Anyway, I really like everything about this and am happy to share it with my following on Twitter. Thanks for sharing it with me!

Next time it would help if you could include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Annie These Days by Brutus Begins

Alan Cross

This is nice. I get an MGMT vibe from it. I'd also be interested in hearing out an outside producer might contribute to the arrangement, maybe as a way to fill out the mix to maybe make it...I don't know, a little more lush?

Other than that, I don't have anything to offer on the structure, songwriting, performance or production. This just needs some outside ears to punch it up a tiny bit. Still, this more than enough to pique interest in your work.

I'll give it some attention through my social channels. That's good for about 100,000 people.

Mee 丰

Hello, I'd switch out the snare sound and use less compression - it's all one tight waveform, I prefer a more spread sound with each instrument in its own pocket. Voice and BVs sounds good. Keys too compressed for my tastes, I'd want more variation of waveform and a wider spread. Piano sound is nice - perhaps lower level. There's a sound like a distorted guitar in there, could be higher in the mix to compensate. Hope this helps! Mee

Chris Lovett

Hi, thanks very much for sharing with us. You can tell it's a demo, the mix needs a lot of work. Vocals are quite dry, drums need work etc etc. But overall I really like it. It's very catchy, I like the driving bass. The overall arrangement, and instrumentation. It's like a little diamond in the rough. Would be good to hear the final polished recording. Do send it to us. I can't really give it any more critique other than that really 'cos I really do like it! love the harmonies too. Thanks again for sending to us. Kx

Marcus Brooke-Smith

Really nice stuff. Grabs you from the first second really. Definitely a good one for sync, be sure to send it my way when it's finished up. Do you control all your own rights?

Many thanks,
Marcus

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Hunger Stays Lyrics Video by Brutus Begins

Kevin Hugger

Such a psychedelic opening and when the vocals arrive they just add to the sweet easy feeling that today is for you and me and nobody else is going to change that. It is a boon for those into their vintage sounds and the harmonies don't do anything to jettison from 'Hunger Stays' 60's base. So short and sweet and by the mid-section I was convinced that we were listening to lost classic, it has worked its magic and I was lost in its multi-coloured vapour trail. An album of the stuff could be quite the treat. 

Andrea Young

Like your description of "an electronic new wave version of Steve Miller".  I'd like to find a place for this on playlists and shows, please send a high quality mp3 to me at andrea@aspenbeat.com with 'FLUENCE REQUEST - ARTIST NAME - TRACK TITLE' in the subject of the email.  Its still a bit bass heavy sounding, so may not play well, I'd recommend looking at further mixing/mastering.  But well done in so many ways.  Thanks for your submission!

Alan Cross

This is terrific! Love the keyboard sound. Retro yet...not. I found myself humming along about 1:20 into the song. Great production, top-notch performance. No critiques from me. 

So now what? Are you signed? Do you have a radio plugger? What's your social media strategy? Are you making friends with bloggers? Are you on Spotify/Apple Music/all the other streaming services? Do you have a plan for turning early fans into evangelists?

I'll give you some love through my social media circles. That'll be good for about 100,000 people. Nice job. Keep it up.

D Grant Smith

Digging this one more than the past tunes, which I loved too!

This is a well-balanced track of savory rock flavors that make you feel good from beginning to end. 

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FLESH & BONE by BRUTUS BEGINS (Ft. SIMEON ROSS)

Andrea Young

Excellent and powerful video and track, so very well done.  A little bass heavy on our Bose headphones so that we can't turn it up as much as we'd like.  It's got dark undertones that aren't quite a fit for what we're looking for at the moment, but its compelling in more ways than one.  Tells the story really well.  Love the ending!  Suggest you put your social media and streaming links in your Soundcloud description so fans can find out more about you if they want to, and also spend some time on social media with it, maybe posting snippets of it with tags to get more attention for it.   Wish we could do more to be helpful, thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!

Mike Mineo

The pulsing percussion and synth wables reminds me - in terms of atmosphere - of Swedish group The Knife, though the vocals pack an anthemic presence more in the vein of Depeche Mode. It makes for an interesting rock/electronic sound, complemented well by the ghostly synth pads during the hook first introduced around the one-minute mark. Cool serene synth arps around the 01:30 mark as well. It shows enough diversity, tonally and structurally, to hook me throughout and keep things interesting. The track is a nice hybrid of Depeche Mode-like synth moodiness and Muse-like anthemic appeal. Good stuff -- I'll look to posting on Obscure Sound in the near future. Also feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in rates/success stories regarding my PR services. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

SD Hox

This is a fun track with a cool video. Both video and song are nicely produced, edgy and grab your attention. Definitely can hear the Bowie influence. Nice job and I'm happy to share with my followers and on my year-end playlist.

D Grant Smith

Another stellar track. Brutus Begins never disappoints. Like a story-driven filmmaker, each new release keeps impressing me more. Add to that the intellectually provocative themes  of the video, and the intrigue has reached new heights. Terrific work!

Alan Cross

This is pretty cool. I love the visuals--very creative and professional looking. The song itself is well-produced (I listened to it with and without the video). Given how well bands like Phantogram are doing right now, this fits in very well. I also hear elements of Pink Floyd in the mix. Never a bad thing...  The only criticism I have is I wish the song had a more definitive ending. As it stands, it just kind of...stops.

Time to get promoting it.

Do you have a radio plugger working on your behalf? You need someone to push this to music directors and speciality shows on both commercial and campus radio stations. And think about submitting it to music supervisors for use in TV and movies. 

I'll give this some Facebook and Twitter love. That's good for about 100,000 impressions.

Brian Hazard

Wow, this promises to be dark!

The groove reminds me of Goldfrapp, and the guitar of Flock of Seagulls "I Ran"

That blood red forest looks amazing. In a haunting sort of way!

Stellar production and performance, a very catchy song, and an eye-catching video. I think you've got a winner here!

I'm not quite sure how to introduce it, but I'm happy to share it with my following on Twitter! Thanks for sharing it with me.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I understood them just fine, but wasn't always focused on them)

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

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Love & War by Brutus Begins

Nate Maingard

Happy to share on my twitter, hope it helps :)

Chris Lovett

Quite an intense set up to the piece which fills the listener with prepped energy which we were eventually able to release around the minute mark with one strong BLAM and a crash. It's a really interesting track actually which bubbles along nicely and at moments allows the listener to smash some airdrums / pillows / bubbles or whatever else is in the vicinity.  Having a second listen the lyrics are simple to lock in the mind but we only get the chorus twice around, i think to emphasise that kiss slow part, you could possibly hammer it home towards the end rather than have the instrumental play us out, just my opinion but it seems to have quite a tame ending after you've built us up. Its quite consistent all the way through and from this piece we don't really gauge the spectrum of band, some stretching vocals and the odd fill would have been lovely but a cool track and off to listen to some more. Many thanks for sharing. C

Disco Naïveté

It's not bad but I don't think anyone is waiting for a very 80s song - that needed to happen 40 years ago. I think you need to add some 'pop' to the song, give it something more contemporary, take it out of that brooding atmospherical sound. M83 is a good example of that, he's great at building soundscapes that have a pop tendency to them without losing the overall epic feeling. Right now, in this state, it disappears in the background pretty quickly. There's no real recognizable chorus, there's no real 'wow' moment either. The basic production beat also runs through the entire song which makes the song very repetitive overall.

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Love & War by Brutus Begins

Brian Hazard

I knew I'd love this just from the opening bass notes. The vocal is so cool and distinctive, especially against the stark backdrop. I love how they tuck into the mix instead of sitting on top of it. The harmonies are particularly tasty!

It looks like you're not on SoundCloud! You should fix that. I'd totally repost the song. I strongly believe every artist should at least be on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Instagram with at least a token presence.

The last minute of the song drags a bit. I expected something else to come, until I saw how little time was left. But hey, I can live with that! Now I know what to expect.

I'll definitely share this with my following on Twitter! Thanks for sharing it with me.

A suggestion for future Fluence submissions:

Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

D Grant Smith

Lovely EDM/Rock tune in the style of Purity Ring and The History Of Panic. Not too fast paced or over-tempo based, like many emerging artists do in this style. Nice production on mixing synth and guitars with drums in a balanced way. This track works well with a variety of styles, giving you some excellent radio options. Message me for more on that. This song would be a great fit for The Appetizer Radio Show. I hope there's a full album with this one and I look forward to hearing it.

Alan Cross

Based on how the song began, it turned into something unexpected. The major key of the vocals was something of a surprise--not that this is a bad thing, of course. The nature of the opening keyboard pulse led me to believe that something else was coming.

Interesting idea, mating elements of semi-industrial with what could be described as an indie-rock vocal. Sounds fresh.

That being said, I'd be interested what a hot producer might suggest for the arrangement. More bottom end? A bigger/more complex drum sound? A few more layered keyboards? Hard to say, but I can't help thinking that the song needs something more in its production when compared to hits by Banners, Big Data/Joywave and others.

Time to start seeding this to various blogs to see what other kinds of opinions you might get. And if you have the funds, it might be an idea to create a lyric video for YouTube. 

Leks Maltby

Brutus Begins return with the smoldering "Love & War," a four-minute electro-pop epic if ever there was one. Driven by little more than stabbing synths and propulsive beats, and rounded out by some reverb-heavy electric guitar in the chorus, the band create an entire sonic universe out of such disparate elements. Things gets more dynamic in the second verse, introducing a variety of new synth sounds while staying true to the core melody. Vocally, this song is delivered with an impassioned lead vocal that compels the listener to keep listening until the song's conclusion, at which point the guitar part has overwhelmed the synth section as the primary melodic driving force.

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Nate Maingard

Found myself turning it up from the first beat, instantly nodding my head to it. 
Wish I could hear the lyrics better, but that's just my personal taste, I love lyrics. The vocals do fit very well within the greater framework of the song, and sound like another instrument, adding melodic and rhythmic structure.
Overall I don't have any suggestions, I think it's a well produced song and an enjoyable listening experience.
Bear in mind that this is not a genre I'm particularly knowledgeable about, so this is really just my feeling about it :).
Happy to give it a share, thanks and I wish you the best with it!
Warmly
Nate

Brian Hazard

Goldfrapp meets Nitzer Ebb - love it!

It's hard to make out the lyrics, and they are good lyrics, but I actually still kinda like them buried. It makes the beat feel more powerful.

The quiet break before the chorus is unconventional and awesome. And after. Typically you'd want to keep things moving but again, I appreciate it even if it's "wrong."

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along (I found them on SoundCloud!).

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world

Anyway, great stuff. I know my followers will love it too! I already reposted on SoundCloud, and I'll tweet it out this week.

Alan Cross

Love the build-up. Very much in line with what's happening in some areas of alt-rock today. Good production in almost a Pink Floyd-ish way (especially with the chord changes). 

It's so Floyd-ish that I was expecting a bigger increase in tension and intensity around the 2:30 mark that would carry through the rest of the song. That, however, is me wearing my producer's hat. If I'd been in charge of the session, that's what I would have suggested: a greater emotional build-up and release.

The ending does need work. The song just sort of...ends. There's no strong conclusion to what's otherwise a very promising song. Again, this is the domain of an outside producer, someone who can listen with a fresh set of ears.

Good job, though, and I will post it on my website. What's your next step? A re-recording? A remix? A radio plugger?

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Mind is a Gun by Brutus Begins

Alan Cross

First of all, I really like the production. Good mastering for the intro. It rumbled my office speakers. I like that. 

I honestly can't imagine why this couldn't be some kind of current alt-rock hit--at least from an aesthetic or sonic point of view. The challenge now is to get enough people to hear it so that it reaches critical mass. Who are you pitching it to? Do you have a radio plugger? Have you made friends with DJs at influential alt-rock and campus stations? What's your social media strategy? What else is in the pipeline?

If you can send me an embeddable/email-able link, I can maybe forward it to some people who might be interested.

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Never Fade by BRUTUS BEGINS

Leks Maltby

On "Never Fade" by Brutus Begins, the band lays down five minutes of brooding, introspective indie rock that borrows heavily from bands like Death Can For Cutie, while at the same time carving out a sound that is all their own. Some heavy synth bass in the second verse and serene split male/female vocal harmonizing elevate the song to an entirely new level, and as the synth lead into the third verse is inspired to say the least. There's nothing overly complex going on here musically, yet "Never Fade" is deceptively dense in its layers of musical intricacy. And therein lies the genius of Brutus Begins: they aren't trying to come across as virtuoso players, and yet the sum total of the entire musical arrangement is exactly that. Clever synth hooks abound, burrowing their way deep inside the listener's head for a permanent hibernation that will no doubt outlast the Winter of 2016!

Andrea Young

Great alternative pop rock vibe, well done.  Love your reference to Tame Impala in your 'Description', they are a favorite.  Send a high quality mp3 to me at andrea@aspenbeat.com and I'll give it a play on shows and playlists.  Could be a little long for radio,so might want to create a shorter 'radio mix'.  Also keep working on the music/instrumentation/mix to deepen it even more.  Great sound, love the harmonies toward the end.  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!

Going Solo

Do you guys like Death Cab For Cutie? Because this song reminds me a lot of them, but with less synths and more guitars instead. Let's say early DCFC. It has that same "college vibe", interesting lyrics and I have to say it's very well produced.  It has everything for being blogged and then listened around the world. So my advice is to invest in a good PR service if you can or arm yourself with patience, dig into HypeMachine all the blogs you think will like your sound and write to them a direct email, with basic infos and a Soundcloud link. Your music is good, it just needs a push. I'm sharing this through our social pages, thank you for the submission and good luck for your future.

Kevin Hugger

Brutus Begins don’t appear to care how other bands sound or what this hour’s zeitgest is because they are led from their own internal machinations. Now that is refreshing, despite a production that might be a little away from pristine, and something to be cherished in an increasingly homogeneous music world. ‘Never Fade’ is calm, cool and collected and chooses the right moments to burst forth with incandescent melody and ever so lovely chorus. That it sustains itself for almost 5 minutes just illustrates the confidence this band possess. Pretty exciting all told, a band with oodles of potential that will likely unveil a canon of winning numbers before too long. 

Alan Cross

I like it! It reminds me of a low-key Silversun Pickups (a good thing, trust me) with touches of Death Cab and Tame Impala. 

My only concern is with the length. Is there a way to shave 30-45 seconds off? Knowing radio programmers as I do (I am one!), song length can be an important determining factor on whether a song makes it through a music meeting. Providing a radio edit option a well as this full-length version is common practice.

The other thing I'd seriously consider is hiring a radio plugger to get your song started on speciality/new release shows that many alt-rock stations run in the evening and weekends. I can recommend a few if you'd like. 

The other thing you should consider is a publicist who can bombard bloggers and music writers/reviewers with press releases. All you need is a few nibbles to get tration.

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Jessie's Party by Skinny Bitches

Leks Maltby

Recalls the indie pop stylings of fellow Canadians Mother Mother. The verses are catchy, the chorus is not quite as memorable. Great acoustic guitar riff around the 1:30 mark. Interplay between male and female vocals highly entertaining and effective in the song's second half. The purely instrumental outro is easily the strongest and most enduring parts of this song.

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Hold Me For Now by Skinny Bitches

Leks Maltby

Toronto's Skinny Bitches have done it again... beautiful male/female vocal harmonizing in the intro. A driving rhythm section and off-kilter angular guitars recall Bloc Party at their finest. Fantastic vocal range from both singers, truly incredible to hearing the male vocalist singing the higher parts. Nice use of piano in the bridge, awash in a sea of guitar distortion.  Twisted and beautiful all at the same time.

Indie Band Guru

The band name Skinny Bitches threw me a little bit.  I expected a punk song, lol.  Nice melody, chorus may be repeated a tad too much. I feel like the song is building up but never really hits that needed crescendo.  You are on the right track though.  Keep writing.

Ricardo Temporao submitted media.

Did We Dance The Night by Skinny Bitches

Emilie Lorre

When I listen to some part of your song, I couldn't explain you why, but it has made me think about Sarah Bettens' music style. This song is catchy and we can easily have it in mind. There is one thing that bothers me in your song, it's the kind of break with battery and guitars between parts of verses. Apart from that, your song is really enjoyable to listen to. I like the association of your two voices, it brings something very interesting to your music. I've listened to some of your other songs on soundcloud. Your music style is varied and it brings a touch of freshness in the current musical landscape, that's enjoyable !

Olga Knapinska

Nice one. I find the vocals really interesting, the melody line is good, also that Fleetwood Mac influence is what I can clearly hear and what I love in "Did We Dance The Night"! However, some parts of the track may sound a little bit too harsh and/or aggressive, obscuring the delicate vocal, I'd also work on making the overall sound more smooth - but it doesn't change the fact that I like this tune just as it is right now! 

Alan Cross

I ran across this band a couple of weeks back and quite liked them.  Nice, smooth indie pop with just the enough of edge in the guitars.  

A thought:  around the 2 minute mark, the guitar groove cuts out to a quieter bit. What about extending that noisy bit another 8-12 bars?  I like the energy and maybe--and maybe it's just me--it disappears too soon.

Indie Band Guru

I love the way the two vocals play off each other and create something huge.  The attack at the 2 minute mark followed by a stripped down vocal really grabs the listeners attention.

Leks Maltby

Very lo-fi vibes right from the outset. Co-lead split male-female vocal harmonizing is this song's secret weapon. The loud-quiet dynamic also recalls the Pixies at their best. The chorus definitely delivers a much needed dose of pure instrumental euphoria. The last minute of the song rocks harder than just about anything on the radio right now, and great to end the song abruptly without any musical excess for an outro.

Heather Willensky

A good track! I think the song could use a some more dynamics - the pre-choruses could use a bit more of a build to maximize the chorus impact. Also, it sounds a bit bit-compressed - is this because of the file quality you uploaded? That might be effecting the dynamic range as well. I really like your harmonies and inter-changing vocals!

Scott Cohen

Wow that's catchy.  I loved it.  What's the plan?

Sean Adams

I quite like this. Be curious to hear something even more epic and ELO. Made me think of British acts like The Feeling and The Subways.Not quite right for our site but best of luck.