NYC singer-songwriter taps into a wellspring of soulful authenticity on new album.
By Blurt Staff
“It’s the closest thing to a political song as I’m likely to do,” says NYC-based singer-songwriter David Bronson of “All These Things,” the latest track taken from his new album Questions which dropped a couple of weeks ago via Big Arc. You can listen to the tune right here, exclusively at Blurt, and we are quite pleased to be able to premiere it for you:
David Bronson has been making music for a number of years now but the public really started noticing him after he released the two-record set The Long Lost Story in 2013. Since then he’s become a touring force and a mainstay of festivals in the U.S. ad in Europe. Questions represents a significant step in his maturation process, simultaneously reflective and outgoing, with elements of pop, soul, gospel, folk, even dance-funk marking his style.
Bronson, who is based in NYC and has been compared to everyone from Neil Young to Iron & Wine, elaborates on the “All These Things” track, noting, “I wrote the seed of the song when an unexpected, very sad thing happened to a member of my family right at the time of the recent nuclear disaster in Japan, and I was overwhelmed in this moment. I realized that we suffer personal losses, and we also witness ‘societal’ losses, which inevitably amount to personal loss as well, because we – meaning all of us – are a single body of sorts. We are all personally responsible.”
About the new album, Bronson says, “There’s something about starting the record with a voice other than mine that I really liked and you would only do that if it’s something special, and you’re not going to get more special than Robin Clark.” (She is one of the voices of David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ – she’s also worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen – and her husband Carlos Alomar has an equally storied resume and was the guitarist on some of Bowie’s biggest hits. Clark and Alomar, along with their daughter Lea-Lórien, are an integral part of Bronson’s band throughout Questions.) As it was with The Long Lost Story production for Questions was handled by Lou Reed producer Godfrey Diamond, who is also the man that turned the Alomars on to Bronson’s work.
Says Alomar, “I love intelligent songs. Songs that are worth singing, songs that would stand the test of time. When I first heard David Bronson, iconic writers came to mind. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and dare I say it, even Bowie. Recording Questions was pure joy.” Adds Clark, “In every generation there is always a need for a great storyteller, one that can shine a light on the human condition. I think that David Bronson is that person.”
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