17-year-old Australian Sean Brown is a guitarist, singer and composer. While studying audio production, Brown created Breakaway, his debut album to showcase his talents. Prior to this, Brown released two instrumental singles. Enjoying the studio process Brown mixed, mastered, produced and well as performed all the instruments on the album by himself. This kid’s talent is more than a triple threat.
Breakaway starts off with “Gone.” Brown’s vocals are filtered out a bit, which is fine because the instrumentation is the focal point. The repetitiveness mantra of “Til it’s gone” echoes nicely as the breakdown leads to some lovely keyboards and guitar. “From A Distance” is a mellow song that has both acoustic and electric guitar harmonies with Brown displaying his songwriting creativity. “Every night you’re in my dreams, but you’re further than it seems. If I could tell you how much you mean to me. Well it would set me free.” The sweet lyrics and soft guitars keep your attention for the entire seven minutes.
Brown is an incredible musician as well as composer. On every song Brown shows off how great he is at the guitar as he wails away with beautiful riffs. On some songs such as “Don’t Keep It” his guitar outshines his lyrics. His guitar skills are so powerful that it takes over the other elements. The majority of the second half of the album is mostly instrumentals tracks including the title “Breakaway.” “Equidistant” starts off eerie before emerging as a more rock orientated song with two guitars battling it out.
“Lucid Beach” has a romantic salsa beach vibe to it that you brings you summer joy. Lastly “WAH-JAM” is a funky jam session well worth listening to. You can tell Brown had a good time making it.
Sean Brown set out to release an album to show the industry what he can do. Breakaway accomplishes exactly that. He is musician and composer who knows what sound he is looking for. At only 17 years old he has a little more work to do on his vocals but his songwriting is solid. Hopefully we’ll get to listen to some more of his work in the near future.
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