Brick Bosso
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Brick Bosso

Chino Hills, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | AFM

Chino Hills, California, United States | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
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"From a worm to an 80’s star, Brick Bosso sublimates the butterfly."

Los Angeles’ underground rising star Brick Bosso, the project led by MindFree and Ska’n’Bones keyboardist Keith Walsh, has started an unexpected transformation recently. A transformation that could be compared to a worm becoming an 80’s star, while skipping the butterfly step.

In a short lapse, Brick Bosso released two full albums, showing an impressive boom of inspiration. I decided to do a joint review, since they are somehow linked in the process. Brother albums? Sister album? The artwork being in both cases created by graphic artist Liliane Avalos, one may think it’s the case. Nonetheless, they are completely different from each other and the main link between them is precisely that very transformation, that sometimes separates a good record from a great one. - Gilles-snowcat.com


"Here comes Mr Realtapes, or Brick Bosso exposed. Brilliantly."

I didn’t want to start this review with the same old moans about how great music was in the past and how boring it is now. But I will. I love being an old fart. In the evolution of rock, let’s say from “Rock Around The Clock” until now, there has been some periods, clear evolutions and devolutions that led us to what the music market is now: music either impersonating past eras on an embarrassing parody, either bland and unbearably safe. Live venues are polluted by cover bands and audiences are fooled to the point of thinking that Muse is really a rock band. Where are the melodies?

Brick Bosso stole them.

Most known for his huge knowledge on synthesizers and his flair to discover unique artists all over the world, Brick Bosso somehow decided, maybe without even knowing it, to become the most British act from California.

The press release is as short as it can be, stating that “Equipped with only a minimalist studio and guitars, tons of talent, and his curse-breaking tenacity, Brick Bosso finally releases his debut album.” - www.Gillessnowcat.com


"Album: Bianca By Brick Bosso"

LA – based project Brick Bosso is the brainchild of Keith Walsh, using piano, guitars, synths and virtual music making machines as he described it, he dropped his latest record “Bianca” with guest Eric Endo on “Oh, Macy/Burger Queen/Sz Blues/Thief of Reputation” on the 2nd of May 2022 and today, we’ll dig into it.
With a grand 80s sound dripped in synth “Bianca” opens with “First Girl on The Moon”. The raw vocals backed by spacey upbeat melodies and uplifting dynamics created a mood boost, I would do anything for her to be the first girl on the moon!

Tuning things down a little bit early with the heartfelt ballad “Sweet Scarlett”. It has some sweet emotional piano work and strings reflecting the mood and lyrics with a mellow flow. I thought he’d pick the same pace with the sweet intro of “Oh, Macy!” but, the simple yet energetic keys brought me back to that 80s mood and those rocking solos were a pleasant surprise. “Burger Queen” has a moving groove mixed with its brilliant piano lines and enjoyable bassline. The vocal harmonies were on point at the chorus but from my humble POV, felt like the verse needed a more powerful, alive melody. The guitar effects at the intro of “Sz Blues” gave some psychedelic vibes but, when those guitar licks were laid and mixed with piano and bass the mood went straight to mellow chilling blues, I don’t know if there is a “blues pop” genre but, it’s a great example for that!

The rocking guitar riff and exciting groovy piano of “Thief of Reputation” made it my favorite. It shows how Brick Bosso can simply twist things around and go in a new direction while keeping his same identity and energy by throwing something like a killer keys solo or a simple melody in the background. The title track “Bianca” shows how much he knows the sound he wants to deliver. The vocal melody is simple and catchy especially at the chorus, the keys and bass were on point as usual but that bells-like part at the verse was a little bit not in sync with the vocals timing at some point which made things a bit confusing from my POV. “Unicorns and Fleas” sums the whole record up, using heavily expressive piano lines in creating what I like to call a “roller coaster” melody with a simple narrative vocal melody in a fluid structure with laidback dynamics that kept things interesting till the end.

“Bianca” is a special experience by Brick Bosso filled with diverse sounds and directions, all wrapped in an unmistakable 80s layer that he knows well how to navigate through. Total support and looking forward to more from Brick Bosso, cheers! - Rock Era Magazine


Discography

Bianca 2022
Brick 2021
80s Star 2020
From A Worm To A Butterfly 2020
Birds And Believers 2020
Ska Time 2018
Hi Concept Sensory Overload 2017
Dark Exposure 2017
Wisdom Of The Clown (as Keith Walsh) 2009

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Brick Bosso has made music using keyboards for a long time, doing his best to emulate the Ragtime player piano rolls of Scott Joplin. He started out on piano, but now uses synths, guitars, and virtual music making machines.

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