The first record of a proper band in spa.RK went to Bradien. Rossi, Balbini and Harris created, in their first album, a pop somewhere between laptop folk, the ocean’s swell of the Beach Boys, the delicate Japanese scene, Frank Pourcel vinyls and experimental deconstruction. A band that whether live or in the studio, they exchange instruments (bass, trumpet, melodica, xylophone and guitar being passed from one to the other to catch the fleeting magic of the moment), with collaborators like Jenny Jones -DJ/rupture cello collaborator-, the American poet John Giorno or Pope from STA (that later those years became a band member). Procuded by Simon Wallbrook –one of the producers of Kool Keith’s “The Return of Doctor Octagon”-, an album that will start the future band formation alongside Catalan poet Eduard Escoffet. Using electronics as a creative tool which integrate perfectly into the musical language, and demonstrating an absolute consistency of material by separating the wheat from the chaff, Bradien pushed the ideas to the maximum.
“A wonderful surprise, Barcelona three-piece Bradien (Balbini, Dave Harris, and leader Matias Rossi) charms with a half-hour, debut full-length filled with buoyant pop songs where horns, glockenspiels, and melodica carve joyous paths through ‘50s-influenced settings grounded by guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, and bass. There’s an electronic dimension to the band as well but, sonically speaking, Bradien favours a natural sound, with the electronic touches integrated subliminally. Each song is a compact jewel, with each one rich in arrangement and economical in delivery.” (Textura Mag)
“Caprichos de trazos irregulares y desarrollos melódicos inciertos, que en la superficie pueden parecer ingenuos y adorables, pero que debajo de la alfombra esconden recovecos y ciertas oscuridades. Un desasosiego que sólo estalla cuando aparece algún elemento extraño (el recitado de John Giorno en “N in S”, por ejemplo), revelando el auténtico potencial de una banda que, al menos en este país, es única en su género.” (Go Mag. Vidal Romero)