Pennan Brae kicks off the Spring of 2022 with lead singles ‘Zulu’, ‘Super Storm’ & ‘5 Foot 2’ from his 11th album, ‘Picked’. The 10-track ‘Picked’ serves as Volume 2 in ‘The Garden Series’ with Volume 1’s ‘Planted’ released in the Winter of 2021. ‘Mona’, ‘Night Crawling’ and ‘Incognito’ are lead singles off the classic rock-influenced ‘Planted’, which round out the 20-song double album.
‘Zulu’ is accompanied by a classic throwback music video by director Tim Cash. Pennan and Tim have collaborated over the past decade on a number of music videos and a pair of feature-length films. Following their film festival run, ‘The Astronot’ and ‘2 Below 0’ movies stream on Amazon Prime.
“I’m really pleased with how ‘Zulu’ turned out,” remarks Pennan. “It feels very influenced by rock and roll of the 1970s and that’s an era I’m a big fan of. We recorded the track at Blue Light Studio in East Van with Edward Whelan on drums, bassist Kaj Falch-Nielsen rounding out the rhythm section & singer Alison Jenkins adding her beautiful harmonies. I hope people have fun with the song and that’s it’s a welcome introduction to the album; it’s a pretty fast and toe-tapping track.”
In January 2021, Pennan released ‘Lit’; a 10-track rock and roll record with lead singles ‘El Camino’ and ‘Tearin’ My Heart In 2’. In June of the same year, the 11-song ‘Cinema’ album followed with lead singles ‘Mississippi Love Song’ and ‘A Nightmare’. This album features a trio of 1980s influenced remixes by producer Kirk Kelsey (The Smashing Pumpkins).
‘Lit’ was really enjoyable to make,” reflects Pennan. “The recording sessions were fun & Ed sounds better than ever on drums. Kaj & I spent a long time in the studio working on the mixes & trying to offer something enjoyable to listen to. The album is influenced by the music I love from the seventies & eighties & I hope people have fun with it.”
Pennan was busy from 2018-20 releasing 2 feature-length films which he wrote along with the corresponding soundtracks; ‘The Astronot’ and ‘2 Below 0’. These films participated in over 100 film festivals with both feature-length releases now streaming on Amazon Prime. “I miss filmmaking,” remarks Pennan, “and I’d love to get back into it, but now is not the time for that. Perhaps late in 2021 or 2022, we can get back at it.”
‘The Astronot’ Soundtrack provided Pennan with the opportunity to work with 2 of his musical heroes. Legendary drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Duran Duran) and bassist Garry Gary Beers (INXS) played on the 2 lead singles off the album, ‘Walk With Me’ and ‘Crashland’. “I grew up listening and watching these guys play,” states Pennan enthusiastically. “And now I have a chance to record with them? It’s a dream I’ve still not awakened from.”
Pennan co-wrote ‘Crashland’ with Grammy-nominated artist Eric Alexandrakis with the track mixed by Paul David Hager and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar. The rest of the album was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy-winner Sean Magee. “To have my music worked on at Abbey Road; that’s hallowed ground to me,” comments Pennan. ‘A huge honour.”
As of late, Pennan has worked remotely with filmmaker Tim Cash on a number of lyric music videos for his YouTube Channel.
“These music videos have been really fun to make,” he exclaims. “It’s wonderful researching old film footage and; we can create them safely in the current environment. I’ve fallen in love with the medium. It’s really fun to clearly share the lyrical content of the songs.”
Wherever 2021 takes Pennan, he’s happy to kick it off with ‘Lit’ & ‘Cinema’ and hopes listeners might enjoy them, too.
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