Mike Brunacini | Breakup At Allen Park

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Breakup At Allen Park

by Mike Brunacini

A collection of mostly piano based alternative songs. Undeniably honest songwriting that utilizes vocal harmonies and some interesting tone color: Toy piano comes to mind. Not really old, but not really modern. Somewhere in the middle.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Breakup At Allen Park
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2. Picking Daisies
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3. Alone
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4. Balloon Release
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5. Driving Blind
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6. Preordained
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7. Clear Intentions
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8. Heat Lightning
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9. Hit Man
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10. Stillwater Sound
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11. Curbside Litany
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12. Headlights
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13. Tears of Winter
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14. White Flag
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15. Lost State of Mind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Breakup At Allen Park started as a concept album that would join several lyrical ideas together under one unifying topic: being lied to, led on, and taken advantage of. It is a crime against humanity and it happens to so many innocent people. I felt like I had to take a stand, even if it is just in the form of music. Anyway, I worked on this concept with a band during the summer of 2010. We came very close to releasing an album that summer, but in the end we decided that it was incomplete. I continued the concept on my own throughout the remainder of the year and even into 2011. I continued to believe that the album would work, so I kept writing and eventually started tracking.

The tracking process took a long time due to time constraints, equipment failures, and all the things that usually hinder progress. It took several months just to get the drum tracks down, but once they were recorded I was free to finish the project on my own schedule.

Although much of the concept remains intact, it isn’t all about lies, lead ons, and deception. It is also about loss, depression, suicide, and fading memories. Don’t worry though, it isn't all bad. Much of the album is actually quite funny if you have a disgustingly cynical sense of humor.

Musically this album is all about vocal harmonies, piano goodness, and an almost vintage sound. Some of the arrangements sound straight out of the late 60s early 70s. But I assure you that you have not heard this before. The goal wasn't to recreate a sound that already exists. The goal was to create a sound that I like. It sounds selfish and it might be, but I'd rather write for my own enjoyment than to impress a bunch of people who don't really care. If you get it, you get it. If you don't, you don't. It's useless to force it.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this album because I’m proud of this one. I’ve worked extremely hard for about seven years to become the singer and songwriter I am today and I hope it shows.


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Alec67

Breakup at Allen Park
Right when the album starts, I'm instantly carried into the catchy rhythm. The first song, "Breakup At Allen Park," starts off as an easy-going rhythm, but it does deceive; in a good way, and is a great introduction of what's to come. As the song progresses, you gradually sense that this is no ordinary song, and therefore, no ordinary album. The swirling soft piano playing compliments the screeching electric guitar in a way that works perfectly because it connects to the lyrics (of being deceived, but also of being hopeful through all of it) and really, one of the messages of the album: balancing between hope and doubt, light and dark, extremes and subtleties. The harmony of the instruments tells a story itself, which brings me into an even deeper journey. Once you get into the lyrics of these songs however, which connect greatly to the sounds behind them (almost attached to them), the words float right with the amazing palette of sounds and emotions which carry the deep journey of the sounds along with them and take you onto the scene of this album and artist's story. Once we get into "Alone," the third track on the album, you can tell that this album has soul. It's the energy, passion, and flowing creativity that was put into these heartfelt songs that gives this album soul, and it's soul that's missing from so much of the mainstream music of today. I feel that this music needs to be heard by more and more people so they can feel a personal connection with the artist's story because I feel that this is some of the most honest and heartfelt music I've ever experienced and that people will find more about themselves and be more honest with themselves by listening to this album. I feel like we need this honest, heartfelt music because so much of people's lives today has become confusion as a result of being tricked and lied to by much of the world around us, which is even one of the messages on the album. The first track is about being lead on and lied to, which could refer to a past girlfriend (a breakup) but it could also refer greatly to the world around us that seems to push down on us and trap us at times. These songs are kind of like therapy in a way to get back to our true selves and be honest all the way through to the heart, and that's what's so uplifting about these songs with even the darkest lyrics. These stories of the dark and the light are what our soul and heart need, because that's what soul is. Finding hope and truth within the darkness of ourselves to reach the light and happiness of the rising sun to come. These songs are ever flowing, never staying on one rhythm or feel, and they're always changing and returning. The ballads on the album have some intense and upbeat moments and some of the upbeat rockers on the album have soft and intimate moments that grab your heart and hold onto it. "Clear Intentions," for example, has a backing vocal melody that I haven't heard other than from some rock ballads from the sixties and has a piano melody that is both very playful and deep. "Curbside Litany's" use of the toy piano gives the song a magically compelling feel (that could connect to childhood) that drives to a climax each time with the hook that sends tingles through my body. Heat Lightning, one of the most upbeat tracks on the album, has an intimate moment between the middle and end of the song with the powerful lyrics, "The end is just the beginning. Nothing ever dies," that leads right into a souring guitar solo that is one of the best I've ever heard. "Preordained," which starts out as a semi-upbeat song, slowly turns darker and darker and you can tell even with the melody change of the guitar that sounds darker than before. It's a haunting song that flashes with more and more light as it progresses and sheds full light at the end with the peaceful outro of the song that just bleeds hope and contentment. Once we get to the last track, Lost State of Mind, I can visualize flashbacks of the whole journey and the messages of the album coming at once. The song is like an answer to the ones who are still left in darkness and confusion. It brings such a clear but dreamy feel that is beyond magical. It's a melody from heaven and it sure does give me chills and tingles, just like so many of the songs on this album do. Breakup At Allen Park is a special album because it's one that many, if not all, people can connect to and its complexities and simplicities bring out a compelling struggle that tells the story of the darkest and brightest of moments in a day, moments in a park, moments in childhood, that circle around you and connect completely. I feel so clear-headed after listening to this album. It takes the confusions I've had prior to listening and makes everything clear. It brings the light and dark together that represent the struggles of our lives and brings peace to our own doubts and fears. This album induces lots of imagery for me as well because the songs are so universal. They connect the spiritual world with the world around us as well as with our own personal world. The last lyrics of the album feel like a direct statement to us about what we went through on this albums's compelling, inspiring, and sublime journey to the heart. This album sure is locked inside that's there to stay.

Also, make sure to listen to the album all the way through, from start to finish. The impact is so much greater that way. It unfolds as a story, so listen to it as it was intended to be listened to.