Act of Free Choice

Act of Free Choice

by David Bridie
     
 

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Inventive Australian songwriter David Bridie finds new layers in his well-established gift for moody atmospherics with this solo recording debut. Fans of his work with the chamber pop band My Friend the Chocolate Cake will recognize Bridie's experimental spirit and his knack for rich melancholic loveliness. But they will

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Inventive Australian songwriter David Bridie finds new layers in his well-established gift for moody atmospherics with this solo recording debut. Fans of his work with the chamber pop band My Friend the Chocolate Cake will recognize Bridie's experimental spirit and his knack for rich melancholic loveliness. But they will also note a deliberate move away from acoustic and orchestral instrumentation in favor of detailed electronic soundscapes. Act of Free Choice has more in common with Bridie's ambient experiments for Not Drowning, Waving than anything in his recent catalog (indeed, former bandmate John Phillips lends a hand on a few tracks), but this project clearly has its own sonic identity. Like Neil Finn's Try Whistling This -- another adventurous solo debut by a masterful alt-pop songwriter from down under -- Bridie's effort explores a dark new frontier. The album is dark and contemporary but rooted spiritually in the ancient natural mystery of the outback wilderness that plays a significant lyrical role in tracks like "The Koran, the Ghan and a Yarn" and "Kerosene." "Breath" provides a striking example of this anachronistic tapestry, weaving together exotic Aboriginal wailing, resonant acoustic piano chords, gentle clarinet solos, and distorted techno effects. Bridie's most effective vocal strategy is to find a respectfully unobtrusive place in the thick of his gorgeous soundscapes. When he plays a more dominant role, as on the unusually aggressive ambient rocker "Float," his breathy tenor can be slightly grating in its resemblance to '80s pop crooners like Bryan Adams and Michael W. Smith. Bridie is a good singer, but his real strength lies in a compositional adventurousness that places him in a league with younger studio wizards like Moby and DJ Shadow.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0724353018023
catalogNumber:
697713

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bridie   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes,Melodeon,Bilas
John Lynch   Viola
Helen Mountfort   Cello,Group,electronics,Vocal Harmony
Rosie Westbrook   Double Bass
Bill McDonald   Electric Bass
Hope Csutoros   Violin,Group
Kerri Simpson   Vocals
Michael Barker   Drums
Amelia Barden   Oboe
Dean Addison   Double Bass
Rachel Burke   Oboe
Darren Steffan   Electric Bass
Phil Wales   Guitar
Andrea Keeble   Conductor,Group
Kutcha Edwards   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bridie   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Engineering
Ian Caple   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Engineering
Helen Mountfort   String Arrangements
Simon Polinski   Programming,drum programming
Robin Gray   Engineering

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