I really should get paid to listen to music…or at least to surf Spotify and highlight good music. On one of the many nights I spent on Spotify, I stumbled upon Ben Rosenbush and The Brighton. A mix of folk rock and instrumental escapades, Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton take the listener through songs of love and loss, and change. This Minnesota based act primarily performs in the upper midwest, but scored a few minor hits off of their 2010 release “The Brighton” and charted in CMJ’s top 200.
I was drawn first and foremost to the music. Very complex yet folksy. The music has multiple facets and gets better after each listen. Rosenbush’s voice is pretty haunting, but has more energy than some of his contemporaries (e.g. Bon Iver or Iron & Wine). The videos from their live performances also show quite a bit of energy.
My favorite of the songs off of their most recent release, 2012’s “A Wild Hunger” is called West.
Be sure to also give This Fire a listen. I found it to be a bit more in line with other folk artists popular at this time.
You will like them if you like: Iron & Wine, Wilco, the Avett Brothers