Pennan Brae

FRESH: ‘Strut 1980’s’ – Pennan Brae

Pennan Brae “Struts” back to the “1980’s”

Canadian multi-talanted artist Pennan Brae is influenced by music of the 1970’s & 80’s, so it’s harly surprising that his track, “Strut-1980’s”, recalls a time those of us old enough to remember with appreciate and get down to. The song comes from his album, “The Astronot: Gravity”, from which “Pay Dirt”, “Synergy” and “What I Want” are lead singles. Pennan tells us “Strut like it’s 1985! ‘Strut-1980s’ harkens back to the fun of the Eighties with colourful synths, a groovy rif”.

“The Astronot” album serves as the main soundtrack for ‘The Astronot’ film, streaming on Amazon Prime. “Crashland” and “Walk with Me” are the lead singles which feature legendary drummer Steve Ferrone and INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers. “Crashland” was written with Grammy-nominated musician Eric Alexandrakis. “Strut” is the third single from that album. “The Astronot: Gravity” is the second album from ‘The Astronot’ film with lead singles “Strut 1980s” Remix, “Crashland” – Club Mix and “Walk With Me” – Space Mix.

“Speechless” is the third movie soundtrack from ‘The Astronot’ and is an instrumental album stripped of lyrics. “A Woman” – Instrumental and “On The Highway” – Instrumental are two lead tracks featuring violins and pedal steel guitar. These albums were mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Sean Magee. “Space Race” is the fourth and final album from ‘The Astronot’ film. It is an album of 10 tracks connected via Sound FX to create a 42-min musical journey.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!