Brolin is a UK-based vocalist, songwriter, producer and remixer. To date, he has remained pretty anonymous, simply stating on his Soundcloud page; “I am a bedroom producer, self-taught, self-analysing, into beats, space, and melody”.
Working alongside producer Raffertie, he is back with the video for new track ‘Swim Deep’. Brolin’s vocals in this track are beautiful and work wonders with the lyrical intimacy and emotive electronic production.
The video for ‘Swim Deep’, directed and produced by Phoebe Arnstein, features three couples as they allow cameras to capture their tender post-sleep moments.
We had a catch up with Brolin before his Brighton show:
We know Brolin as the masked singer. What was the reason for you hiding your identity?
I feel the music I write is autonomous; who I am isn’t relevant for the perception of my music. Retaining anonymity allows me to be defined by my music, only. It’s not realistic to remain completely anonymous though, due to various practicalities involved in the industry. That’s just the way it is. My anonymity isn’t sacred; it’s just a way of avoiding unnecessary distractions from the music.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Melodic truck stop.
Can you explain the meaning behind the lyrics for your latest track, ‘Swim Deep’?
The lyrical content explores relationships and the passing of time.
You are performing in Brighton and London this week. Do you prefer recording, or performing live?
I’m not overly sure I have a preference, as both have positive aspects… performing live is far more immediate as you connect with the audience and respond directly to their reaction. However, when writing… if you’ve been working on a tune for days and suddenly get to a point where the track starts developing into something special, you get a similar adrenaline kick at 3am on your sofa, as you do playing your tunes to a room full of people.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Anna Of The North, Mikael Seifu, Pote and The Best Rock Album in The World… EVER (Vol 1).
‘Swim Deep’ was released on 27 October and features remixes by Asa. and Panda. Purchase on iTunes now. Brolin’s debut album is expected early 2015.
29 October – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
30 October – Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston
15 November – Oval Space, London supporting Kele
He has also been booked for SXSW 2015!
Sounds like: Rainer, H A R T E B E E S T, Kaleida