LearningToDive (Bravo Bonez) is the producer, vocalist and composer of the upcoming synth-pop, new wave album ‘Norwegian Pop’.
He uses the new album as a vehicle to explore a number of personal, political and societal ideas (heavy topics to say the least).
Having flitted between his birthplace of the UK and New Zealand, Coronavirus saw Bravo firmly stationed in New Zealand.
He used this time to work on ‘Norwegian Pop’, taking influence from artists like Roxy Music, Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead and The Psychedelic Furs.
With all these influences, it’s clear to see why this album is so diverse and rich with different features and compositions.
‘I Stand On An Ice Floe’ kicks off the album with its gloriously deep and impactful beat.
It draws you in, really making you feel like a part of the song, rather than just a simple listener.
As it progresses, Bonez introduces a drum beat to ease you into the track whilst also injecting some drama to this delightful opener.
The track sticks to this calming and soulful vibe the whole way through with its relaxing tempo. In all honesty, the song has an almost orchestral impression to it, used by a lot of new wave artists that inspired him.
‘Falling Leaves’ is another standout track for me. This subscribes more to the Synth influence than anything else.
With a far more upbeat and rhythmic energy compared to the opening track, it works perfectly to demonstrate Bonez‘s diversity.
Coupled with his vocals, it transports me to a Pet Shop Boys concert, echoing their style and calming vocals.
If I had any criticism to make of this album, it would be the length of the songs. Although the tracks themselves are outstanding, the length of them requires more diversity. Still, that’s clutching at straws.
If you fancy giving LearningToDive a listen then you’ll only have to wait until April 2nd for the full album release, or March 19th for the teaser that is ‘Promenade’.
In the meantime check out his previous work on Spotify below
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