Bruno Pernadas
Private Reasons


4.0
excellent

Review

by Detective Ars USER (34 Reviews)
June 8th, 2021 | 141 replies


Release Date: 04/23/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern psych-pop tunes with a dash of jazz, a weak middle section, and strong highlights.

Psychedelic music has a long history and is often associated with colorful soundscapes, genre-bending, and overall openness to new ideas, but it’s hardly a genre of its own. It’s always psychedelic pop, psychedelic folk, psychedelic electronic, et cetera, and never just psychedelic because psychedelic music is more of an ethos than it is a direct set of sounds. Something can sound trippy, but what is it that’s sounding trippy? A guitar’s strings being bent? A jarring saxophone? A computer-programmed beat with an unusual timbre? You could functionally make psychedelic music with any instrument and rhythm given the right studio tricks.

On Bruno Pernadas’s Private Reasons, the artist takes this very approach by using his entire arsenal of tricks to make a psychedelic album that could be described as pop, electronic, rock, jazz, and folk depending on when you tune in. It’s pop because so many of the tracks have strong hooks meant to grab the ear; it’s electronic due to the heavy use of computerized sounds, vocal effects, and keyboard lines; its rock because many of the tracks incorporate guitar, bass, and drums with solos interspersed throughout; it’s jazz because of the offbeat structures and long jam sections; and it’s folk because of its strong influences from Portuguese, Nigerian, and Korean traditional music. This album represents everything a good psychedelic album can have and it’s all in the same place. For some who like their psychedelic works to be more simplistic, this approach may be too overwhelming or even sonically crowded, but for those who are used to the maximalism of many psych releases, this decision will feel right at home with their favorite psych albums.

Bruno’s hushed crooning often sounds very bedroom-pop, but the female singers sound like they belong in an old soul-jazz band, and this contrast gives the album both a retro and modern feel. Some critics have said this album sounds too 60s, others too 70s, others too 80s, and others say it’s a very modern release. But which is it? What if it’s all four? What does that say about the modern state of psychedelia? It’s advancing while still being pastiche, it’s an enigma, it’s a contradiction. That’s what psychedelic is all about: seeing how everything changes while also staying the same. Its old traditions framed in a new light.

While the use of Autotune and other vocal effects usually serve to highlight catchy melodies, shift the vibe to either kooky or dark, “Fuzzy Soul” takes the motif too far by stripping most of the fun pastiche for a forced, Autotune-heavy R&B ballad. This serves as the album’s worst song --sticking out like a sore thumb. The middle tracks (specifically the span of “Little Season II” through “Jory II”) take up about 17 minutes of what feels like an extended period of fumbling around before getting back to the meat of the album. Removing these five tracks would still leave the album at a satisfying 53 minutes, which makes the album feel protracted in its current form.

Despite this, the majority of tracks are spirited, memorable, and fun. “Theme Vision” is a pop tune about rejection that veers into a wild backmasking section and “Step Out of the Light” is a slow-burning epic with an amazing payoff. With lush string sections, interesting looping techniques, a diverse approach to the genre, the album’s good parts will make you forget you ever had a problem with its bad parts. With so much of the good outweighing the bad, the best thing to hope for is that his follow-up is more concisely edited. Pernadas threw everything at the wall to see what stuck, and most of it did.

Album highlights: “Family Vows”, “Lafeta Uti”, “Theme Vision”, “Step Out of the Light”



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ArsMoriendi
June 8th 2021


34230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was long overdue and prob deserved a contrib review, but hey here it is anyway



Also thanks to Robertsona for the writing advice on my rough draft

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2021


21011 Comments


< 3

ArsMoriendi
June 8th 2021


34230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review says psych/psychedelic 15 times and tbh I'm okay with that

normaloctagon
June 8th 2021


5870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

check bruno pernadas - private reasons

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normaloctagon
June 8th 2021


5870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but nah this was seriously a gr8 review man, well-balanced between your inquiry into psych as a genre/term and describing the album itself. hard pos and will jam soon

bloc
June 8th 2021


65715 Comments


Album slaps hard, good to see it get a review

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Slex
June 8th 2021


11437 Comments


Not crazy about psychedelic stuff in general but this one has me curious

Good review too

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DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2021


9983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review!



"This was long overdue and prob deserved a contrib review, but hey here it is anyway"



Yeah, sorry about that. Been lacking writing inspiration recently when it comes to new releases... hopefully I can overcome the slump soon :]

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2021


24533 Comments


It had to be you Ars

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DoofDoof
June 8th 2021


9692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, Ars reviewed this

Trifolium
June 8th 2021


24925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ARS!!!!!! I love this album!

Thanks for reviewing my 'review a random album'-thread album from Johnny's list... 💪🏼🤭💪🏼

Trifolium
June 8th 2021


24925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The thing I like most about this are the arrangements, he did all of those himself, which is super impressive. He has this super good ear for what different instruments can sound like, passing a melody from one group to the next (flutes, strings, etc.), almost like arranging for an orchestra. That totally blew me away, didn't expect it would focus so much on that from hearing just the opening track!



Might even 4.5 this eventually.

protokute
June 8th 2021


1418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been meaning to check this for a while

AmericanFlagAsh
June 8th 2021


10240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh finally a review, this album is amazing

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SteakByrnes
June 8th 2021


23822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not liking this as much as the last album but it's solid

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AmericanFlagAsh
June 8th 2021


10240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I need to check that one out, but to me this is almost a perfect blend of genres, a bit too long, but the more I listen the more I don't mind the length

ArsMoriendi
June 8th 2021


34230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OMG this is on the front page? Neat

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2021


2404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review! Very interesting album that I'll be spending more time with.

Zig
June 8th 2021


2297 Comments


I'm just glad a Portuguese Musician is being reviewed.

Nice text, Ars!

DDDeftoneDDD
June 8th 2021


17376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like his work. Everyone should listen to the tune Huzoor at least once in their lives. Will def give this a go.

I think its the second Portuguese album being featured this year, together with Moonspell (which is more obvious)

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