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ARTIST
TITLE
Keep Your Cool
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
HPS 098CD HPS 098CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/10/2019

Heavy Psych Sounds present a reissue of Brant Bjork's Keep Your Cool, originally released in 2003. Keep Your Coolmarks itself as easily one of Brant Bjork's most accessible and catchiest album. A direct continuation of the raw, straight-to-the-point rocker that was the Brant Bjork and The Operators record (2002), it also brings back some of the more relaxed, levitating aura of Jalamanta (1999) resulting into a best-of-both worlds scenario. Starting out with funky guitar rhythms and congas "Hey, Monkey Boy" is a short and entertaining opener that sets up the stage to the other tracks. The songwriting for the most part is as about simple as it can get, with mid-paced, often blues/funk influenced riffs leading them, accompanied with Bjork's relaxed, swagger-filled vocals. But don't mistake this for laziness because these are well-written and effective riffs that are delivered with crystal clear precision. Thus, with songs "Johnny Called" or "Gonna Make The Scene", Brant proves that you don't have to go for ten+ minute long, abstract feedback-driven jamming to deliver good stoner rock. A good head-banger, a soulful ballad, a relaxing, acoustic guitar piece: Keep Your Cool has all of them. Not to mention sweet guitar licks, a beefy production and a great, positive vibe that oozes from the '70s and weed (especially in the Cream-like "I Miss My Chick"). With eight songs and 33 minutes it's short, sweet, delivers the punch and keeps up its replay value high. Keep Your Cool is like every Brant Bjork record: The honest sound and music of a dude that you would want to hang out and party with.