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Mackintosh Braun

Get carried away with Braun's "Washed Away"

Ben Braun is definitely known for being half of local synth-pop act Mackintosh Braun, but he's also got his toes dipped deep into the solo music pool, and the temperature is just right. With Braun's first solo album Silent Silence, there's a lot of electro-synth-pop and a bit of musical history that makes it enjoyably legendary.

Granted Braun's pedigree, having created many synthy tunes with Mackintosh Braun partner for the last decade, the presence of that style on his album makes total sense. One of the first Silent Silence tracks to be written, "Washed Away" features a guest sax solo from Charlie DeChant. Music buffs may recognize DeChant's skills from the 10 years he spent playing with Hall & Oates. (Braun's father, drummer Michael Braun, also played with Hall & Oates)

To be originally recorded on his laptop, "Washed Away" has a consuming production that's hard to not get caught in. Listen to it below and look out for Silent Silence in October.

Mackintosh Braun MFNW Set at Mississippi Studios 9.4

Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun have their roots in Rip City, coming together to create sweet-synthed electro-pop as Mackintosh Braun. Their two albums The Sound, and Where We Are are full of ultra harmonized charm. There is a degree of comparison to Hall & Oates, aside from the combined last names. Braun's father was a long-time drummer for the aforementioned duo, and sometimes lays down heavy beats to gravitate Ian and Ben's atmospheric style. There is a glint of new wave, contrasted with vivid, snappy club notes. Strong hooks and flowing melodies can cause closed eyes and closer dancing. They take the spot as local openers for Rush Midnight and Gold Fields tonight at Mississippi Studios, with tracks to share from a third album on the way. - Brandy Crowe


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