- Words Liam Cattermole
Scouse psychedelic crooner Brad stank reveals his musical firsts, ahead of the release of his sophomore album, In The Midst of You.
Brad stank oozes cool. His easy-breezy productions revel in a revitalised psychedelia, akin to slacker pop prophets like Mac Demarco, but drawing such comparisons only tells half of the story. Resolutely romantic, his stoner baritone holds a flirtatious charm, which alongside stripped-back jazz and indie instrumentation, seduces you into a state of content. Producing this music, he says, has helped him towards a personal path of enlightenment and we feel that his forthcoming record, In The Midst of You will help you to do the same.
Recorded in Bermondsey with Andy Ramsey of Anglo-French avant-poppers Stereolab, the album submerges itself in a lo-fi haze. Ignacio Salvadores (Gal Go), who plays in King Krule’s band, pops up with the occasional saxophone solo, drifting in and out of the project like a steady current pulling pebbles away from the shore. The 10 tracks feel just as relaxing as so, bringing an after-hours vibe ready for jazz bars or summer evenings alike.
On ‘Cry Baby’, Brad’s most recent single, the self-confessed Scouse psychedelic crooner enlists Notion cover star Lord Apex for a soul-searching collaboration. Woozy and wistful, the track stands as one of the artist’s favourites he’s ever made: a “slowie”, as he described on Instagram, that tugs at your heart and leaves you craving more from the album.
Set for release on January 26, In The Midst of You, might be Brad’s most accomplished work to date. But before it blesses your ears, we caught up with the songwriter to discuss his musical firsts, from mosh pit dreams to meeting Bombay Bicycle Club at 15. Tap in below.
First song you ever made?
I couldn’t say… I was definitely repressed whatever it was!