Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Todd Brozman, aka Proud Creature, will drop his first solo EP, Opening Creature, March 16.
Talking about the EP, Brozman says, “Opening Creature EP reflects travels and explorations I’ve had over the past few years. I’m trying to capture the headspace that opens up when we venture out of our default mindset and into something broader and more abstract. For me, these spaces have been explored through travel, dreams, nature, and spiritual exploration. Musically, there’s lots of improvisation with eclectic instrumentation and non-traditional production techniques along with layerings of field recordings from travel, nature and religious prayer. Together, this creates an ethereal and otherworldly tone that underscores the broader themes of the album. As a whole, I am striving for something that feels alive, expansive, mysterious and alluring.”
Brozman’s musical journey began at age 6 when he began playing the piano. Influenced by his father’s eclectic recording collection, he discovered a latent talent for improvisation. Later, he attended Wesleyan University, hosting a radio show which introduced him to electronic music, motivating him to create music blending electronic savors and improvisational jazz.
After graduating, Brozman moved to San Francisco, where he performed as a jazz pianist, followed by moving to NYC, when he focused on music production, working with KYOSi and Moon Casual with Mike Dunkley.
Now he’s focusing on his own music, which merges elements of psych-electronica, jazz, and ambient music into deliciously ethereal soundscapes.
Encompassing five-tracks, the EP begins with “Major Trouble,” opening on shimmering synths, light and drifting, flowing into a kaleidoscopic jazz-flavored melody rife with sparkling colors. The flow of the song is slow and dreamy-creamy, providing rippling textures topped by surreal accents.
“Discovery of The Future” travels on trembling futuristic layers of lightly glistening tones. Dark percolating effects enter, as oscillating, swirling hues interweave overhead, filling the tune with alluring ambiance.
“The Rookery” amalgamates low-slung thundering rumbles with luminous textures of surging colors, as fluctuating sonic strata entwine in heady suffusing fusions. “Eastern Lines” features thick deep droning tones supporting tendrils of glossy suffusions of coloration.
With Opening Creature, Proud Creature conveys gentle harmonics trickling with lustrously captivating colors riding delectable ambient soundscapes.