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Singled Out: Rob Bravery's Broom Cupboard

11/02/2015
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UK artist Rob Bravery has received acclaim for his new album "Esque", drawing comparisons ranging from Radiohead to Massive Attack. We asked Rob to tell us the story behind his new single "Broom Cupboard." Here is the story:

'Broom Cupboard' started off as a bit of a throw away track for me. Most of the songs on 'Esque' I'd meticulously planned from top to bottom, but with this one I remember feeling out the melody/lyrics and structure fairly absent-mindedly over the course of a few hours, making a conscious effort to relinquish control of the track whilst writing (not sure if 'conscious' constitutes relinquishing control) and just follow the mood. I definitely felt the album needed something light and floaty to offset all the gloom.

Since then the track's taken on loads of different incarnations. There's a version of it somewhere that sounds a bit Nirvana Unplugged, and another one that's all synths. I guess it took a while to find the right instrumentation to fit the song.

Lyrically I guess I was still toying with some pretty bleak themes - singing about some kind of insurmountable/thankless pursuit - hence the "40-something failure" talk.. It's more tongue in cheek than anything too solemn though..

I was just picturing myself in the exact same place as 40 year old cackling away maniacally, with my Mum looking on in horror.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about Rob and his new album right here!

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