Born in Upstate NY singer-songwriter Angie Bruyere settled in Southern California at a young age and began a modeling career that took her on a journey around the world. With pen and paper always in hand, she began writing poetry and playing her guitar, drawing inspiration from such bands as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons and Willie Nelson. Her unique sound and smoky, mesmerizing vocals contain both an honesty and an edge - both of which appear front and center on her new EP, You, which was released on October 7th. Via email Bruyere kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the EP, the video for "You" and more.
Having released the Blood Like Wine EP earlier in the year, were the songs on this new EP written since then, or were they songs you had in your pocket? Or a mix of both?
We actually recorded both EPs at the same time while in Nashville at The Castle Studios. There are several songs on both EPs that are from our first ever record called Riding The Belly that was never properly released and that we decided to re-record to give everyone a chance to hear, as well as some brand new ones. It was so fun to be able to give them a sort of new life......no song left behind kind of thing.
Do you draw from personal experience, others’ experiences, stories, or any combination of the three in your songwriting?
I generally tend to draw off of my own personal experiences in my songwriting more often than not. I really need to believe the words that I'm singing and to really feel them, it helps to have really lived them. I really do love writing for television and movies, however....I enjoy getting a storyline and vibe and writing a soundtrack to the scene. It's a great challenge and so gratifying when it really works.
Sonically, I think the EP really shows how diverse your sound is as you seamlessly move from a song like “You” or “When The Nighttime Comes” to “17 Days” and even “Goodbyes.” Were you listening to anything that inspired this record or do you generally have an appreciation for a wide variety of music?
I have such diverse musical influences and taste that it would be difficult for me to stay within the guidelines of only one style. I feel like it's almost an unspoken rule that a lot of artists live by, but I see every song as its own entity. I think the common thread becomes the voice and vibe at that point.
Recently you released a video for “You” which was incredibly stirring. Is there a story behind the song and how involved were you in deciding the vision for the video?
Thank you so much. I couldn't be happier with how the video turned out thanks to the ever so talented Michael Schmidt and our beautiful actors. I just wanted to tell the story, the story wasn't about me, it's about "You", it's a simple love story with great loss in the end that fortunately and sometimes unfortunately almost all of us experience at some point in our lives.
I always like to know why artists track a record the way they do. Was there any specific reason to place “Goodbyes” last?
You know, “Goodbyes” was one of those songs that we had previously recorded and released on West of The Night, and in the studio in Nashville at the 11th hour our producer, Jeff Huskins asked if we could give it a try. One take and we loved how it turned out so much that we decided to put it at the end of the record....kind of made it feel like we rounded it off perfectly and brought it back full circle, if that makes any sense?
What are your professional plans for the remainder of this year and early next?
We are actually in pre-production for our next full-length album that we hope to be recording this December, so we're just really busy right now writing, cherishing, and thoroughly enjoying the creative process. I think that we'll be booking a few shows to finish out the year and get out on the road early next year. We're really looking forward to getting out there and doing what we do.
Finally, I always love to know, is there one recent release you cannot stop listening to and would recommend people check out?
You know, as far as new music goes I'm really digging Shovels and Ropes right now. Husband and wife team with some great songs and melodies. I've also been obsessing on Roger Waters’ ‘The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking.’ Ever since I saw him at Desert Trip this last month I've had it on heavy rotation....a must revisit album, perhaps not for everyone, but just weird and brilliant enough for me.
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