Classic rock for the 21 st Century is what best describes Pennan Brae’s music. The Vancouver singer-songwriter enters 2023 with ‘Arcade’, his 13th full-length album. Recorded at Blue Light Studio in East Vancouver, the 10-track release is influenced by the rock & roll of the 1970s & 80s. The release features the pop-rock lead single ‘Jettison’, the rock ballad ‘Arrival Time’ and the ‘70s-inspired, catchy ‘Bon Voyage’. Accompanying the video game-themed title is a beautiful 1980s arcade-inspired album artwork by illustrator John Keane.

‘Arcade’ follows Pennan’s first double album, ‘The Garden Series’. The 2021/22 release consists of Vol. 1’s ‘Planted’ and Vol. 2’s ‘Picked’. Together, they comprise 20 songs including the country rock anthem ‘Mona’, the intriguing classic rock track ‘Night Crawling’ and the driving, fast-paced ‘Zulu’ lead single. The double album also features gorgeous album artwork by photographer Dan Jackson. The front and back covers display the headstock of a guitar emerging from the soil while being watered. Its neck reaches up to the sun and grows until it is picked by a passing player.

Pennan’s other recent album releases include the 11-song ‘Cinema’, produced by Kirk Kelsey (The Smashing Pumpkins). The release features 3 remixes including the psychedelic-influenced ‘Weed & Whisky Women (Distilled Mix)’. Prior to this was the classic ‘Lit’ album, which consists of 10 tracks of vintage rock and roll. The release also features some beautiful lyric videos, particularly for ‘Passing Fad’ and ‘I Reminisce You’.

Pennan has written 2 soundtracks to accompany a pair of films he wrote; ‘The Astronot’ and ‘2 Below 0’. ‘The Astronot’ Soundtrack features 2 lead singles with world-renowned drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton) and INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers. The album was produced by Kirk Kelsey and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee. The ‘2 Below 0’ Soundtrack meanwhile received airplay on 125 College and AAA Radio Stations in North America. Both soundtracks won awards at film festivals during their release and both films now stream on Prime.

Wherever 2023 takes Pennan, he’s pleased to kick it off with ‘Arcade’ and hopes listeners might enjoy it, too.


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