A drummer on the Detroit music scene for upwards of two decades, Brandon Husken decided to step out front with his 2008 release "Catch You In The End", under the name Brae. He is now back with his third release and "Another Time And Place" is his most collaborative album yet and a fine entry into the melodic singer/songwriter field.
Husken's music on "Another Time And Place" incorporates numerous musical styles. There is definitely a pop sensibility at the heart of these songs, but he also touches on folk, country and rock during the course of the album. The mood on some of these tracks takes me back to the music I heard on the radio growing up in the 70's, almost a nostalgic 70's light rock air at times.
There is a nice mix or more uptempo numbers to go with the slower material, making for a varied listen. The album opens with two short tracks melded together, if you're not listening closely you'll miss where "That Was Then" with its pounding beat ends and "Horizon" begins. But the two make for a fine intro to the music on display here, both boasting catchy hooks and harmonies. "The Veil" stands as the best uptempo track here, a keyboard and guitar driven rocker with an amazingly melodic chorus that calls to work out a dissolving relationship. It's as good as any pop/rock track you'll currently hear on the radio.
The ballads shine on "Another Time And Place" as well. "Truth" is carried along by an achingly lovely melody and lush production. It swims in a sea of strings, acoustics and keyboards. "Together" is a heartfelt proclamation of devotion, support and love with a killer guitar hook. Album closer "Loose Lips" is a quieter piano and strings track that derides rumors before exploding into the minute long full band piece "Sinking Ships" that ends things.
There literally is not a bad song to be found here. Other highlights include the dark moodiness of "The Tides" and the country inflected title track, which features the wonderful backing vocals of Erica McManus, who also plays a prominent role on "Will The Cavalry Come".
As a supporter of the music being made in this area, it gets tiresome trying to explain to people the wonderful material that comes out of Detroit, and Michigan at large. Any style of music you can think of, and many you haven't, is coming out of here. Brandon Husken stakes his claim as one of the area's finest pop/rock singer/songwriters with "Another Time And Place".
"Another Time And Place" was self-released by Brae on January 27, 2012.