Screenshots from Video by Niels Vogensen
Aarhus born and bred J. Bruno is a kind of renaissance man of the local music scene that one could almost hate out of jealousy. I say that because he’s constantly in a few bands, multi-instrumental, a fearsome songwriter and also an all-round great guy. This incarnation of Mr. Jakob Bruno is the one we’re concerned with today – as his new single from an upcoming E.P. is out today to be consumed.
Consumed is a great word for this song – it’s sugary and smooth – like a good whisky. “Don’t Be A Stranger” is a delicate and flowery ballad that bids one welcome into a nice world. The song is also hinting at something bigger for Bruno – like hopefully reaching a wider audience.
We put the artist’s, formerly known as “Jakob Bruno”, mini-album from 2013, I Blow My Brains Out For You as one of our records of the year. It is a tight little dose of cafe-friendly singer songwriter magic. Jakob was also performing with his band, The Homewreckers, and with his folk duo “The Painkillers” – both of which contained family members (sister and brother). None of this was ever any less than great to watch – but where would all this talent be focused? Earlier this year, an album appeared with both siblings and Jakob as The New Family – more folky brilliance. There’s also the man behind the drum kit in John Hassell & The April Rainers – who’s highly anticipated debut is on the cusp (maybe…) of being released. Phew. This cat is busy.
Bruno seems to be where it’s at though. Releasing a volley of singles here and there, and receiving accolades from P3’s KarriereKanonen, J. Bruno was making moves to a bigger sound that incorporates elements of psychedelia, classic folk-rock, and modern indie. New single, “Don’t Be A Stranger” is the saccharine laden appetizer for the next chapter of J. Bruno – and we dig it.
Personally, I’m just glad to hear more good music like this coming out of Aarhus. Keep your eyes (and ears) on this gentlemen, we predict big things may be in store for him in the not so distant future. Let’s make music great again eh?