Gavin Wray is musician who has been involved with music since he was a teenager. He seems to have started in the mid ’90s. He was in a number of bands and got a lot of experience.
The latest musical solo project for Gavin Wray is called Final Pilots. His latest release Brinkmann Flag is an instrumental album. The production is top notch and he plays a mix of atmospheric rock with some experimental tendencies. I really enjoyed the songs but couldn't help but feel a focal center was missing for some of them. Take for instance a song like “Grand Central, Pt. 2” which had great rhythm guitars and transitions but continually felt like a vocal or a more prominent lead instrument was going to surface.
I thought the flow of the album worked well despite some songs that felt like large leaps in style. He opens with “Summons” which was an ambient piece that lasts just over a minute. It felt like an introduction for the the rock base and kinetic “Spaghetti Northern.” The song is one of the more notable on the album and Wray implements a good amount of transitions. I thought to myself that the music was thematic and could easily work in a movie.
Up next is “Hordley’s Night” which is a seven-plus-minute song and again got the feeling the song would work great in a film and that maybe that was because there wasn’t a lead. The song has a great funky bass line which reminded me of electronic artist Amon Tobin. “Stead” which is the very next song has a completely different feel. It’s cosmic, vast and reflective.
Up next is the upbeat and dance worthy “Brink's Bounce” which has a similar essence to Primal Scream. “Aftershow” is arguably the highlight. There are horns, tons of percussion and fantastic melodies. The closer “Ketsu” has an intergalactic, terrestrial feel to it. It’s a pretty epic closer.
Brinkmann Flag is a solid album. Wray is a talent and these thematic soundscapes stand on their own but if there are any filmmakers out there reading this you may want to take special interest.
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