The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
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Lost Lander founder Matt Sheehy spends a lot of time alone, out in the wild. It’s his job, actually.
The Alaska native is employed as a forester in his newly adopted home of Oregon, and it gives him a lot of time to think. Consequently, his music is similarly cerebral, if not also romantic, in a scientific vein.
“There’s a feeling I get when I’m in nature and studying nature, looking at trees or reading astronomy books, that makes you feel like you are scratching the surface on the true nature of the universe,” Sheehy said. “Not to get too crazy and metaphysical, but I feel like sometimes that happens with chords and melodies. I try to take what I’m feeling at work and create that same feeling in music.”
His newest pet project, Lost Lander, boasts a mountainous, lofty soundscape that reflects the landscapes in which he grew up.
“It feels like a smoothie of all the things I’ve done in the past,” Sheehy said. “It’s got that songwriter core that I did with my solo work, but with a little more sophisticated arrangements like with [neofolk act] Ramona Falls. I took my background and tossed it all into a blender.”
The finished product finds its way into Lost Lander’s debut, “DRRT,” which sounds a great deal like fellow Northwest Pacific coasters Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes, but with more punch and vitality. Hoards of others helped make the album what it is, whether through lending musical talents to the recording, leading fundraising efforts, collaborating on music videos or volunteering design work.
“This record was like going to grad school, just in terms of finding out the way other people work,” Sheehy said. “That’s been something that’s been really exciting for me. Being a part of a team has been rewarding.”
While available for download, the album’s physical version is unique, with packaging that unfolds into a planetarium that projects stars onto a darkened ceiling. Sheehy said he couldn’t resist bringing a little bit of nature indoors.
“We wanted CD packaging that would do more than just hold a CD,” he said. “People don’t do anything more with CDs anymore than stick them into iTunes, so we wanted something useful. Why not bring the stars into your bedroom?"