Ambitious artist Bryan Deister hit the music scene with his new album, Spines of the Heart, just before the New Year. Reminiscent of Thom Yorke, Roger Waters, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, and Jeff Buckley, Deister takes classical music and puts an electronic rock spin on it.
Deister was a well practiced jazz and blues musician, but when it came to writing his own he wanted to pursue a darker path. He adopted composition techniques from John Cage to John Lennon, and earned a Writing and Composition scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Spines of the Heart, two discs and 23 songs long, is an entire showcase of his work.
“Hopefully after Berklee I will continue to improve in all facets and be able to write interesting music without starving,” says Deister.
He is a clever musician. Using things like polyrhythms (a rhythm made from two different rhythms playing at once. Rhythm-ception, if you will) and strange instruments like the funk banjo and rice percussion, he creates brilliant sounds making for enjoyable tunes.
Looking for a free sample to test against your musical palate? Try the songs “All That I Have” and “Into the Sky”; they are his most mind-bending and beautiful songs. They’re great starters.
Spines of the Heart released digitally in December of 2015. A physical release is planned, but the release date is TBA.