Six Songs to Fight Over... and Make Up To

by Kevin Brawley & The Port of Dream

Released 2012
Copper Mind Records
Released 2012
Copper Mind Records
A collection of intimate, heartfelt songs from two artists seperated by miles, but unified by artistic integrity.
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Says Kevin...

What can I say? This album has been a long time coming. When Chris (aka The Port of Dream) and I first began kicking around the idea of making a split ep together, the idea seemed like a great one. Two singer-songwriters from across the country who have never met, contributing songs to an album without a predetermined theme, working with no real deadline, including a cover song as a mandatory addition… What could go wrong? Let’s do it!

So I received early mixes of Chris’ songs before I had even pressed record on mine. The first one, “Running Away From This Love” really took me by surprise and let me know how seriously he was taking this endeavor. It is arguably the “sweetest” song I have ever heard by him, and I really dug the soft, swaying groove it has. Immediately, I wanted to extend the outtro by about 4 minutes, record a weeping guitar solo, and totally “Kevin Brawley-ize” it, but ultimately – in its original form, this is a great song for him to come out of the box with.

“Candy Cane” is more of a return to the style I am used to hearing from Chris. Snarky, ironic lyrics, dark imagery mixed with humor, and memorable catchphrases. The line, “you took all of my good friends, and my bad friends really suck” is a total winner in my book.

The first time I heard his cover of “Corner Seat,” I immediately thought, “What the hell has he done to my song?” The second time I heard it, I thought, “I kinda dig what he has done to my song.” The third time I heard it, I thought, “It’s going to be hard for me to not sing it this way live.” And it has been. There are nights when I’ll catch myself wanting to give the little vocal inflections in the chorus that he added, or add some humming in between verses. I believe this is the first time anyone has ever covered one of my songs on record, and I am really jazzed at how it came out.

Says Chris...

Kevin's song "Signpost" is the perfect opener for this split EP. It's just so damn catchy! I know that naturally when you put two singer-songwriters together to work on an album, the impulse is to want to fight for the opening spot. However, I think I probably was the one who wanted this track as the opening the most. It sets the tone for the overall album and puts me in such a good mood. Kev's great at making that "toes-in-the-sand, 'rita-in-the-hand, stroll-on-the-beach" kind of mood with his music and this song is the perfect example of that. I only wish I could write songs this catchy, honest, and heart-on-the-sleeve.

"Night and Islands" is a great example of how Kevin can tell an effective story with his songs. It's the perfect "let's get away from everything" song that Damien Rice probably wishes he would have written. Fun fact: I played this album for my family once it was finished and they really enjoyed it (ya know - their boy could do no wrong.) However, a few days later, I overheard my father humming a song from the album. No, it wasn't "Running Away From This Love" or "Candy Cane;" it was "Night and Islands." That's right Kevin; your song is so catchy and infectious that I have to fight to win my family's love and approval back... thanks a lot.

The really fun part of this project came when I finally got to hear what Kevin did to "Dying Flowers." As a singer-songwriter, I definitely had an idea of what my song meant to me; but it only gets really interesting when you hear someone else's interpretation of it. Kevin deconstructed my song and rebuilt it from the ground up. What he started with was my dark, bluesy tune about distrust and he completely transformed it into something much bigger. It's a killer, dancy track that catches you off guard when you first hear it paired with all of these folksy kind of songs. It's a badass rendition and Kev really nailed it.

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