David Bronson: The Long Lost Story
David is an artist who does not make compromises in the effort required to fulfil his musical vision. Shooting only for the best, he has collaborated with legendary Godfrey Diamond, who previously produced and mixed for Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Sparks among others. David’s dedication and meticulousness in making his ideas come alive has earned him coverage by publications such as Drowned in Sound, and the London-based Music News.
“’Us’ is really an important song to me. From a musical standpoint, it was kind of a crucible for the entire Long Lost Story in that there was a kind of sound I was building towards in the writing, and when ‘Us’ came out, I remember being very instantly aware that this was something very special, not only in terms of the records, but in terms of the sound of my songwriting at that point in my development as a writer.” David Bronson
In keeping with the superficial unifying notion, the video centres its main theme around the fusion of a couple, portrayed in communion with nature, in a forest clearing. The dim lighting not only reflects the state of mind of the abandoned and isolated lover but also allows for an intimacy and short-sightedness which suggests the difficulty of seeing beyond the breakup with one’s first love. Yet through the darkness and the insecurity, the video manages to project the potential of hope, and the capacity for forgiveness perhaps through the quasi-permanent physical contact of the lovers, which hints at the directional scheme of the album as a whole. The simplicity of the video makes the poignancy of David’s lyrics all the more prominent and showcases the delicate instrumentation and chord sequences of the song which parallel the fragile state of mind at the beginning of this emotional recovery.
Early this year David Bronson released his debut album ‘Story’, the first instalment of a deeply cathartic 22 track opus, yet chronologically the second half of his narrative. Prequel, ‘The Long Lost’ is now set for UK release in October and promises to draw closure to The Long Lost Story project, completing what is in effect a sonic summation of an emotional development process travelled through by each and every one of us who has loved and lost, and survived.
With a number of years of writing, producing, and recording in NYC as an indie musician with a tight budget, Bronson let nothing get in the way of the album’s large and expressive scope. Beginning with a young man’s loss of hope and identity following the end of first love, a project came to life to continue through the prolonged, arduous, and life-changing journey to re-find them. Originally meant as one record, it became obvious to Bronson that the album represented growth itself: ‘It became a metaphor and conduit for everything I was feeling in my inner life, and I put everything into it,’ he explains. “I indulged myself to get everything the way I wanted; the art of it became the only thing that mattered.”
“The Long Lost is exactly that: a piece of my history, somewhat ancient history actually, but certainly a piece that informed much of my life that followed, in various important ways,” explains Bronson. “This album documents the most difficult period I can remember. There was a lot of darkness, which I think is reflected in the music; both in the lyrics as well as in the makeup of the songs themselves. The title refers, on the one hand, to exactly what was going on; it really is a picture of someone who’s almost completely lost.”
The multi-faceted project, however, reveals itself to have numerous levels of meaning, with metaphors in artistic creation. He achieves a long-sightedness beyond the breakup towards a detached retelling as well as an attempt at a self-prescribed ‘remedy’: “There was another, extremely positive aspect to the whole thing. It was unquestionably during this period of my life that I first found some clear sense of myself as an artist. So amidst all that discomfort I also have this extremely fond memory of being truly, undeniably alive, and moving for the first time very deeply into an area of internal meaning, which was, for me, the first real step toward healing, growing, and becoming an adult. This album, to me, represents the starting point of everything else I’ve ever wanted to do as an artist.”
You can hear the scope of Bronson’s intense desire to produce a full-bodied exploration of his inner life as the album ranges in influence, from guitar driven rockscapes to raw simplicity, showcasing delicate instrumentation and chord sequencing as well as potent and poignant lyrics. There are numerous influences on the record, from the glossy classicism of Scott Walker, Neil Young and George Harrison, to a looseness and experimentation of modern converts to the folk-rock sound, such as Phosphorescent, Grizzly Bear and Iron & Wine. Growing up on a diet of 70s psychedelia has also lead to progressive fusions on a contemporary American sound, with a garage and pedal steel fuzz.
To introduce audiences to this new album, the track ‘Living In Name’ is available to stream and share: https://soundcloud.com/davidbronson/living-in-name/s-EuXTN
“In some ways, ‘Living in Name’ is the quintessential song on The Long Lost,” says Bronson. “It’s the most minimal song on what is generally a much quieter, more internal album than its counterpart, Story. It was also recorded within a matter of days from when I wrote it, so there’s that level of immediacy in there as well. Like a lot of songs, it came as a very quick reaction to something that happened. Both emotionally and structurally it’s maybe the purest distillation and statement of meaning for the whole record as well as the actual process of creation for the entire Long Lost Story.”
‘What stands is a decent recording from a reflective soul, one who’s purging his innermost feelings for all to see.’ – 7/10 Drowned in Sound
‘There are dreamlike qualities to several songs and, even without the aid of hallucinogenic substances, you can join David in a world of poetry, imagery and unrequited love.’ – No Depression