8 Tracks: To Write An Album To With Bruno Pronsato

 

Bruno Pronsato has carved a name for himself with his own brand of intricately weaved, 'romantic techno'. The Berlin-based, Seattle native hasn't put out an album since 2011. Until now. This month marks the release of 'US Drag'- less full of club-ready beats and more leaning towards the melodic side of his craft, littered with his signature drum pads and playing with elements of micro-house. Pronsato says of creating the album:

"Trying to actually start an album, I have always found difficult. I start with what I believe to be the last track, then work my way upwards. It’s important for me to try to stay away from electronic music as I don’t really want to be too influenced by what is going around me."


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Main image credit: Max Zerrahn

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch

I have done this with every album I have made. I always start with listening to Eric Dolphy’s, ‘Out To Lunch.’ For me, it’s a true masterpiece in arrangement, general weirdness and most importantly, Tony Williams’ drumming. His style is really unmatched in any genre of music, not to mention the combination of all the other amazing musicians on this record. It’s really a lesson in genius. I know I could never reach this height, so it’s sort of something to strive for.

  • Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch

    I have done this with every album I have made. I always start with listening to Eric Dolphy’s, ‘Out To Lunch.’ For me, it’s a true masterpiece in arrangement, general weirdness and most importantly, Tony Williams’ drumming. His style is really unmatched in any genre of music, not to mention the combination of all the other amazing musicians on this record. It’s really a lesson in genius. I know I could never reach this height, so it’s sort of something to strive for.

  • Polyrock - Working On My Love (Track 1 From Above The Fruited Plain Ep)

    I like to have a little lightness in my listening when working on an album. A heavy dose of pop is important for me to keep some kind of perspective as I tend to get too experimental. I really loved listening to ‘Polyrock’, particularly ‘Working On my Love’. So airy and free.

  • Luigi Nono: La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura (1988-1989)

    Of course, you have moments where one needs full inspiration on a whole different level. I found Luigi Nono’s piece ‘La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica’ to be mind blowing. It just resonates in a more sexy way from the dodecaphonic world.

  • Yukihiro Takahashi - Drip Dry Eyes

  • Sonic Youth - Incinerate

    At some point or another I always revisit something by Sonic Youth. I’ve always found going back to some of my old classics comforting. Evol or Daydream Nation would be my assumed choices, but Ben Freeney at Foom insisted that I check out their 2006 album, Rather Ripped. I honestly had the entire album on repeat for three months. This ‘Incinerate’ track was always a good one to start my morning off.

  • My Bloody Valentine- When You Sleep

    On the same train as the previous track, My Bloody Valentine comes up regularly in my life. And a few times while making the album I chose a particular song that has always resonated with me: ‘When You Sleep’.

  • Diiv - Out Of Mind

    Moving forward in time a bit, I’ve always been a fan of the Captured Tracks label out of Brooklyn, but have sorted strayed in the last few years. I caught up with one their newer bands Diiv and found the opener on their latest album, ‘Out Of Mind’ to be easy on the ears after a long session in the studio.

  • Susan, You Are My Number 1

    Last but not least – the long walk to the studio. I found this track from Susan (another YMO styled, Yukihiro Takahashi produced album) to be almost hilarious in its genius and beauty. I think I listened to it everyday on walks to and from the studio.

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