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Too Poppy

"You’re the greatest love I’ve ever known.” When Brandon Schott sings it in This Is Home, rest assured it isn’t mere hyperbole. Lesser artists bury such a heartfelt line in flippant three-minute pop songs that sting with fleeting pleasure. Brandon lays it so bare on one of the sparsest songs on his new album 13 Satellites that it resonates through every carefully crafted note on the whole album. In just a moment it is stunningly clear that the stellar 13 Satellites is Brandon’s most ambitious, satisfying, and accomplished album to date.

Lyrically there’s a cozy domestic vibe on 13 Satellites that resonates with this 30-something suburban dad. Brandon writes, plays, and sings from his heart with such sincerity and vulnerability that you can’t help but want to hug the guy. Knowing Brandon I’m sure he’d be game, which is a testament to his honest, personal songwriting. What an incredible feat of courage it is to put your life out there in song and Brandon is making a career of airing it all out. As a listener we are only enriched by the trust and respect Brandon clearly feels for his listeners.

As with his excellent previous efforts, it is pure joy to hear Brandon's influences. In the hands of such a talented songwriter the tunes never sound derivative or unoriginal. In fact, Brandon leaves his original mark on every second of every song. Specifically, Satellite reminds me that as long as the final product comes close to a song like this, every new generation has a right to lay claim to The Beatles’ lasting legacy. The Sgt. Peppery Exploding Angel oozes Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. All the Way Down could so clearly be an outtake from Paul McCartney’s eponymous debut that would sound just perfect next to Junk. Although indisputably and admittedly Beatlesque throughout, 13 Satellites evokes its fair share of Beach Boy harmonies, Elliott Smith depth, Ben Foldsian melodies, and ... something sure is Jellyfishy with Louise Street.

The best thing about 13 Satellites? Brandon sounds happy. He has dealt with pretty heavy issues through his music and doesn't shy away here, but Brandon is clearly in a good place. 13 Satellites reflects a newfound playfulness that proves the good ones don't sacrifice fun for substance.

On a final note, Flowers Fading is easily the most gorgeously timeless song I’ve heard all year. It. Is. Stunning.

http://www.toopoppy.com/2011/11/in-cradle-of-song.html

SuperFan 2011

It took me a few tries before I could trust this song enough to get past the first minute. As soon as someone starts “la-la-la”-ing I get suspicious. I’m really glad I tried again, because this is a real gem. Threads of George Martin-y Beatle-isms and soft-rock 70′s silliness weave a tapestry that is so damn pretty I must wrap myself in it. Brandon Schott made this record via the Internets with friends in various locations far and wide, recording drums here, another bit there. It’s a 21st century recording in that regard, while the musical style is mid-late 20th century (OMGawd I can say that now!), so much that you can almost hear the warm crackling and popping of a needle on vinyl. As for the lyric, and the sincerity of the vocal, those parts are timeless.

http://superfan2011.com/2011/10/brandon-schotts-satellite-orbits-til-i-see-the-light/

Boing Boing

Hearingade

I have a very special appreciation for Brandon Schott‘s music, as I often am with music I’ve discovered all on my own. Not only is it good, but I didn’t need anybody to tell me it’s good! It was during one of my sweeps of iTunes new releases that I found the island-tinged “Good to Me” from his 2007 album, “Golden State.” It’s one of those songs you want to play on the beach at sunset with an umbrella drink in your hand.

Schott continues his tradition of feel-good music with his fourth full-length album, “13 Satellites.” People talk about wanting sincerity in their music; well, you will find all kinds of it here. This guy loves life, he’s passionate about his music, and there ain’t no bones about it. There’s an infectious buoyancy to every track bound to have you bopping your head in no time.

It’s impossible to miss the Beatles influence in Schott’s music. Think the mid-’60s “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper” phases of the Fab Four. “13 Satellites” would also appeal to fans of Guster, Jeremy Messersmith and “Head Trip in Every Key”-era Superdrag. You’re welcome.

This is an album for dreamers. At just a little over a minute long, “Build a Boat” is a sweet little uke tune about sharing time with a special someone in a rooftop watercraft. In “This is Home,” Schott waxes carefree about a rundown house, unpaid bills and the love that makes it all worthwhile — like a “Danny’s Song: Part II.”

Get swept away to the lion kingdom with some exotic instrumentation on “Flowers Fading,” as notes paint sun glints and gentle breezes through tall grass in your mind’s eye. As if those songs weren’t notable enough, I do believe I detect an underlying kazoo on “Louise St.” (not to mention a ridiculously fun assortment of percussion), and he’s just hit my hidden soft spot.

http://hearingade.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/brandon-schott-releases-dreamy-13-satellites-into-pop-music-orbit/

Hustler of Culture

Have you guys had a chance to check out sweetheart singer, Brandon Schott's new music video, "Satellite"? Wait no further and transport yourself to director Matt Barrios' magical wonderland of pretty images and soothing sounds.

Like what you are hearing (ahem, Beatles)? Consider spending your hard earned dollars on Brandon's newest record, "13 Satellites" (I did). It's such a joyful musical adventure! The album is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.

http://www.hustlerofculture.com/me_we/2011/10/satellite-by-brandon-schott.html

Beat Crave

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Brandon Schott is back with a collection of vibrant songs in 13 Satellites that retains the whimsical warmth of his former record, but has a more meditative, playful feel overall. A range of instruments and Schott’s dreamy tenor leans toward the lullaby, but has the piano accompaniment of a live jazz club, thick with chord sequences and a heavy moodiness that works just right. Bells jingle throughout several tracks, and there’s a rawness to the quality of the recording that encourages a sort of humbleness to the acoustic approach that excites the imagination all the more. Reminiscent of Jason Mraz and John Mayor, having that same relaxed, carefree spirit and extended tempos–but rest assured, none of the nonsense lyrics. Pick up a copy today to play at your dinner party. Or to keep you relaxed at work.

http://beatcrave.com/2011-10-26/albums-of-the-week-the-good-the-bad/

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WILDY'S WORLD

Brandon Schott intrigues with 13 Satellites. His sense of melody is sublime, and his lo-fi perfectionism, distinctive compositional style and general sound smacks of mid- to late-career Beatles music, tempered with elements of Paul Simon. 13 Satellites deserves to be recognized as one of the most compelling releases of 2011, to date, and is certain to grace some top-10 lists at the end of the year. Don't miss out on Schott and 13 Satellites."

http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2011/10/brandon-schott-13-satellites.html

SMOKIN' CHARLIE BROWN

Absolute Punk

Melodic.net

"Imagine going to a music cafe´ where Ben Folds is the host, with The Beach Boys on stage performing songs by Art Garfunkel and The Beatles and guest appearances from Crosby, Stills and Nash. Well, that´s exactly how Los Angeles singer/songwriter Brandon Schott´s 4th album "13 satellites" sounds like."

http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=10433

Music Connection

Cancer survivor Schott presents an album experience informed with a perspective inspired by his illness. Revelling in sonic details, savoring life, he has recorded in a church, infusing each tune with unexpected pleasures (glockenspeil, toy piano, ebow, viola).
A pipe organ sets an elegaic tone for "Season's Turn," and Schott's earnest, comforting voice, while not an extraordinary instrument, strikes an authentic note. Schott can rock it, too and shows it with his Gram Parsons trib-tune "Blue Start Highway." Alt-folk fans will want to check this artist out.

http://musicconnection.com/digital/index.php?issue=05f51ae3&page=52

Music Connection Magazine

"Brandon Schott is an artist at the top of his craft.  Much like Elliott Smith, he takes listeners on a relentless search for the truth and finds beauty where few see it. Memorable, moving and majestic - his songs are beautifully arranged and emotionally delivered." 

http://www.musicconnection.com

Independent Music Awards

Hollywood Music In Media Awards

LAist

Interview

"With the burnished hush of intimate vocals, Brandon Schott evokes a sunny intimacy that belies a wistful emotional complexity. The title of his CD, Golden State, says it best as the lyrics map mythic byways of promise and possibility across the melodic horizons of classic Southern California songcraft."

Clicks And Pops

(on Brandon 2010 "GOD ONLY KNOWS" single)
"Brandon's son Tyler sings a boy-soprano counter-melody at the end of the song that completely takes my breath away. (And if you don't get goose bumps from it, you either don't like music or you're a robot passing for human -- and in either case I wonder what you're doing reading this.)"

http://clicksandpops.blogspot.com/2010/05/cover-me.html

Popdose

Too Poppy

(on Brandon 2010 "GOD ONLY KNOWS" single)
"The Beach Boys and The Beatles - give Brandon credit for tackling both on one single and for giving us an entirely new appreciation for both the brilliance of the original songs and the gift of Brandon's musical voice."

http://www.toopoppy.com/2010/05/ill-make-you-so-sure-about-it.html

Foggy Notion Music Blog

Power Pop Review

Bring Me Up

Too Poppy

Clicks and Pops

"Dandelion is a rare collection of 13 gorgeous, hopeful, piano-based pop songs shimmering with melodic hooks and heartfelt vocals. The music is spiritual but inviting, clever but not self-conscious, hopeful without being sappy, and melancholy but uplifting. These are the kind of songs that remind you of the simple power and glory of music."

http://clicksandpops.blogspot.com/2009/08/taraxacum-californicum.html
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