‘Honey’ is the debut EP from Brother Sundance, a young singer-songwriter from South Florida. Regardless of how Brother Sundance was brought to my attention I am writing about this artist because his music deserves the respect of our ears and our attention. Brother Sundance’s ‘Honey’ is well worth a listen or few.
This EP is a collection of songs with an interstellar sound. Somewhere between the alternative rock, electronic, indie pop sound I feel like I’m floating in space and that’s fine with me. The first track, “Monsters”, contains the exaggerated “do” that is piercing and memorable. As that angry yet determined male voice sings “I told her I would DO all I could to be the man she needs. I told her I would DO all I could to fight the worst in me.” The next track, “Blind”, is a song that I’ve heard on Radio 104.5 a few times. It’s a good track and I liked it when I heard it on the radio but I’m not sure it’s the best representation of Brother Sundance. Had I not been contacted by Brother Sundance’s people I don’t think I would have given this artist another chance based on “Blind” alone. Then again, with over a million streams worldwide on Apple Music—what do I know!?!
I’ve become a fan of the male vocals in these songs because its rich tone is so inviting, warm and honest. Making the lyrics “beauty sees what beauty does and loves the things that beauty loves/beauty be my enemy and weapon for the lucky ones” sound so sincere. Also, hearing that voice sing that final “so we stay at home” on “Bad Love” gives those lyrics so much more meaning and emotion. Don’t get me wrong, the female vocals heard on this EP are good and just as important which had me confused when I learned that Brother Sundance is Rylan Talerico alone. I wrongfully assumed this artist was a duo, or possibly a full band.
Brother Sundance’s live show debut was in Philly yesterday (9/16) at Radio 104.5’s Endless Summer Show at XFinity Live. I am jealous of anyone who got to see Brother Sundance’s performance at that show. I love live music and I wish I could have been there. Oh well, at least I have the beautiful music of ‘Honey’ to play on repeat and ease the pain of knowing that I probably missed a great show.
Here’s “Blind” from Brother Sundance’s debut EP ‘Honey’