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article imageBrooklyn's Brett Gleason talks 'Calculated' and new studio album Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 3, 2014 in Music
Brooklyn - Brooklyn-based alternative rock singer-songwriter Brett Gleason will release his eponymous studio album independently on May 6.
It consists of 10 tracks, all of which were written and produced by Gleason himself.
"All of these songs were originally released on two EPs that I self-produced at home and self-released over the last few years. A year ago, I put together a Kickstarter campaign and I urged the fans that I made from those EPs to help me take the songs back in the studio and re-record everything using top-notch technology. The songs have been around for a while and have been circulating them to build a fan-base and now I have a full-length record to introduce myself to new listeners," he explained.
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brett Gleason
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brett Gleason
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Regarding his song "Calculated," which appears on the new album, he stated, "It started out as a lament, because I am very self-conscious. Then I realized that it was just my way of being and it is a way of expressing myself and I have to celebrate that. The song encourages people to live life in a less restricted fashion and to live their life fully as they always feared."
A Huntington, New York, native, Gleason shared that he filmed the song's music video in his apartment in Brooklyn, as well as at a playground in Northport, Long Island, where he grew up.
His latest video for "Imposter" is about inner turmoil and self-conflict. "I always find that there are two very strong sides of myself and I always fight to bring them to a resolution," he said. "In this song, I enjoyed living out that drama and in the video, I split in two, where I am angry and laughing at myself. It fluctuates between self-love and self-loathing. That video is a way to come to peace with these contradictions which are ultimately a part of the human experience."
Gleason listed "The Thawing" as his personal favorite song on the record, since he is extremely proud of the finished product. "It combines the dramatic lows and highs in my songwriting and it has different pleasant-sounding instruments and harsher tones," he said. "Some of it is very quiet, beautiful, harsh and loud and I want that contrast in my music and I feel that song encompasses that best."
On May 8, his album release show will take place at Pianos in the Lower East Side of New York City that will be followed by an after-party.
He listed Fiona Apple and Tori Amos as his dream female duet choices. "I love piano-based female songwriters," he said.
For more information on Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brett Gleason, visit his website.
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