Title: Past Imperfect
Artist: Bronze Eye
Release Date: 2014 May 30
Genre: Minimal Downtempo Acid Jazz
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Label: Bayshore Records


Once again I’ve come across a new label, and instead of this just being a new discovery, this is actually a pretty new label. ¬†Bayshore Records is about a year and a half old at this point. ¬†They release music through BandCamp, SoundCloud and Sonic Squirrel. ¬†When i was contacted by the label to check out their most recent release (which they are really excited about) it started me chasing Bronze Eye’s imperfect past.

Bronze Eye: Past Imperfect

The first thing that made a really strong impression on me was the minimalist dark organ jazz of the opening track ‘Chasing’. ¬†It immediately set a tone for this release that I like more than many of the Acid Jazz productions I’ve heard over the past ten years or so.

This mood is kept through the second track, the exceptionally¬†smooth ‘Doesn’t Look Quite Right’. ¬†However, things are about to change with ‘No Form, No Sound’ which instead of a strong drum line, opts for a minimal set of loops and more glitchy / noise elements.

But this is the indicator that this isn’t a single dimensional release. ¬†Bronze Eye is an artist that has the ability, or at least has had the interest in wandering around the musical landscape a bit. ¬†Another track is much closer to techno / house type piece, while there is more glitch / noise to come as well.

The last couple of tracks¬†return to the¬†beats found on the opening tracks, but with a bit of a more experimental twist. ¬†Bronze Eye mixes more abstract ambient and experimental elements from other tracks. ¬†It’s a nice way to round out the listening experience and take things in a new direction.


What I enjoy about¬†this release the most is that Bronze Eye presents himself as a three-dimensional artist. ¬†He’s not standing still in any style or genre. ¬†He’s moving between styles, and working on combining different elements ¬†However I would say that I had the feeling that this was a work in progress. ¬†It’s the start of an artist working towards something, but we don’t know what that something is because this is only part of the journey. ¬†I’ll be interested in what we find after we have finishing chasing Bronze Eye’s imperfect past.

But, while Bronze Eye is working his way towards something, this release is a really strong first document of the journey.

Bronze Eye: Past Imperfect




Posted by George De Bruin