"Between Then and Now" - Brendan Keenan (EP)
Although this year isn’t over just yet, 2016 can definitely be deemed as the year of music with the number of releases thus far from major artists including Drake’s “Views”, Frank Ocean’s “Blond”, Travis Scott’s “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” and even premiere track releases such as “Let Me Explain” by Bryson Tiller. However, 2016 can also be recognized as the year of the up and coming artists that have emerged to make their mark on the scene.
Among those on the rise is 20-year-old Brendan Keenan. Brendan was first exposed to music production back in middle school upon being introduced to Apple’s “Logic” and immediately became fascinated with the idea of creating music. He is currently a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia studying Music Technology and was an intern for Columbia Records where he got to conduct research on the current trends in the music industry as well as scout for new talent. His music serves as a reflection of the extensive background and knowledge that he possesses and one could definitely say that he knows what’s up.
He has released two singles thus far however the area of focus is his new four-track EP. The EP, titled “Between Then and Now”, was mastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering and is the product of Brendan’s collaboration efforts with a number of gifted artists. His collaboration with the variety of artists resulted in an array of different styles and sounds which led to the sense of diversity that enables this EP to really stand out. As a result, this EP is composed of a colourful blend of organic instrumentation, jazz recordings, and electronic nuances. Brendan manages to combine all the different elements together perfectly and incorporate them in such a way that it creates a fresh and unique cohesive sound.