Brittle Brian — Bony French Cathedrals


Are you lost? Melancholy? Up to the brim with feelings? Then Brittle Brian, AKA Victoria Rose’s September 2014 release, Bony French Cathedrals, is sure to be a hit with your weakened heart. Laying down some experimental folk, straight from a tape deck in a faraway bedroom, Rose is the ingénue that got away. Tackling things that pull at the heartstrings, (ex. missed connections, low self-esteem, budding femininity, and the Internet), Cathedrals is a beautiful, haunting confessional.

“Bad Liar” is definitely the track to beat on this album. Like stolen thoughts from a private diary, Rose laments on a complicated love with lyrics like: “I’m a bad liar/I’m too afraid to look at you/I know that you have noticed/That I am made of computer screens/And dirty sidewalk cum,” and “I don’t why you take me out/I’m never any fun/I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…” Maybe it’s her, maybe it’s the lover in question, maybe it’s both of them. It’s a song that’s heavy, young, and dying.

Other gems on the album are “The Internet,” a short ethereal hum of clicking keys and gospel-like chants, (it’s funny/sad and you know it), “Dust,” a guitar whisper of desperation, and “Jamie and Charlie (Goose Version),” which brings listeners into a true pastoral state of mind. Plus geese, and that’s cool. Brittle Brian’s latest album Verisune, along with this one, can be purchased via her Bandcamp page.

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