Even before you know it’s self-titled, and even before you read the LP liner notes, you know it’s all Brant Bjork. The man who has become the ambassador of Californian desert rock indeed plays every instrument across his 13th studio full-length, Brant Bjork. This in itself is something of a departure from recent offerings, as on 2018’s Mankind Woman, Bjork worked closely with guitarist Bubba DuPree (Void), and both 2016’s Tao of the Devil and 2014’s Black Power Flower were constructed around the Bjork-led Low Desert Punk Band. Now set for a release on April 10th 2020 with cult and fuzz rock powerhouse label, Heavy Psych Sounds, the Godfather of desert rock is sharing the details plus a first track taken from his upcoming, brand new album! Bjork comments:
“Artists are committed to finding authentic confidence in worlds of insecurity. Once your artist’s confidence is discovered, you’ve surrendered to what your true creative nature is. This new record is my true creative nature and the opening song, “Jungle In The Sound”, is a perfect example of that surrendering.”
Just exclusively premiered with The Obelisk, Visions Magazine and Guitar Part, lay back and listen to Jungle In The Sound HERE!
Maybe revisiting his 1999 debut, Jalamanta, for a Heavy Psych Sounds 20th anniversary reissue last year had some effect on Bjork’s mindset in terms of working solo, but he’s come too far in the ensuing decades to repeat himself, and the songs on Brant Bjork – recorded and mixed by Yosef Sanborn in Joshua Tree and mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet) – showcasing that in perfection. There’s no mistaking Brant Bjork, and on Brant Bjork, he strips his songwriting style to its core and brings out the organic vibe that’s made him desert rock’s most crucial practitioner.
1. Jungle In The Sound
2. Mary ( You’re Such A Lady )
3. Jesus Was A Bluesman
4. Cleaning Out The Ashtray
5. Duke Of Dynamite
6. Shitkickin’ Now
7. Stardust & Diamond Eyes
8. Been So Long
His legacy and pedigree are unmatched, with tenures in Kyuss/Vista Chino and Fu Manchu as well as the sadly-shortlived Ché, Ten East and others, but it is Brant Bjork’s solo work that has had his greatest impact and shown him to be of inimitable character in craft and style. His unrelenting creativity and one-of-a-kind voice are writ large over the Brant Bjork LP, which is precisely how it should be, and after more than two decades of exploring out in the sands, Bjork continues to find new ways to manifest not just the landscape of the desert, but the spirit of his relationship to it.
In short, he is a master, and this is the record that bears his name.
Brant Bjork will be coming as special LP editions, as well as CD and Digital formats April 10th 2020 on Heavy Psych Sounds, don’t sleep on this MUST-HAVE Brant Bjork record, and pre-order your album copy at THIS LOCATION!
Heavy Psych Sounds has also announced to re-issue Bjork‘s timeless classics, Punk Rock Guilt and Gods & Goddesses, in April 2020. Get this finest selection of Brant Bjork‘s masterpieces, re-mastered and coming with brand new artworks, HERE!
In support of his upcoming and hotly anticipated solo- release, Brant Bjork will embark on an extensive European tour this Spring! Presented by Sound of Liberation and Metal Hammer, and with very special guests MAIDAVALE on the bill, make sure to catch the king of the desert live at the following dates:
23.04.20 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal (DE)
24.04.20 Munich, Feierwerk (DE)
25.04.20 Wien, Arena (AT)
26.04.20 Graz, PPC (AT)
27.04.20 Budapest, Akvárium (HU)
28.04.20 Linz, Stadtwerkstatt (AT)
29.04.20 Stuttgart, Universum (DE)
30.04.20 Brussels, Magasin 4 (BE)
01.05.20 London, Desertfest (UK)
02.05.20 Nijmegen, Sonic Whip (NL)
03.05.20 Berlin, Desertfest (DE)
04.05.20 Hamburg, Knust (DE)
05.05.20 Dortmund, Piano (DE)
06.05.20 Paris, Petit Bain (FR)
07.05.20 Toulouse, Le Rex (FR)
08.05.20 Vitoria, Hell Dorado (SP)
09.05.20 Madrid, Kristonfest (SP)