Brandon Child wastes no Time in his new breakup single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Right off the bat, the Toronto alt-rock/pop musician reels in the listener with a buttery 45-second guitar solo — which is sonically reminiscent to something of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. The magical, blues-inspired melodies make their way back into the song sporadically and keep you enticed, while the up-and-comer’s poetic lyrics are delivered smoothly through a catchy, pop-inspired vocal track.
Brandon started writing Time last year after a recent breakup, which is evident after hearing phrases like “those memories I kept of you / Have long since been replaced” and “don’t regret our time together / think I’m better for it now.” As he says: “Tough experiences force you to grow stronger and this is a nod to the fact that even toxic relationships can result in an eventual benefit.”
The opening line — “as the clock ticks down, and sun fades away” — is where the songwriting process for Time began, he says, explaining the line actually came to him while he was looking at a clocktower outside of his window as the sun set behind it. “I was playing piano while reflecting on (the) breakup and the rest of the lyrics just fell into place over the next couple of minutes,” he adds.
Much like he did with his previous single Same Old Story (aka SOS), Brandon recorded all vocals and instruments for Time — except drums — in the comfort of his apartment. The four-minute track is the virtuoso’s third release overall and follows not only 2020’s SOS but also his debut track Balaclava.
Child began his love affair with the guitar when he was 11 years old — seven years after he started learning the violin. Since then, the self-labelled “recluse” has had an ever-expanding passion for writing and creating music. Though his music lands somewhere between alt-rock and pop, Brandon’s core influences come from the blues, soul and old-school rock ’n’ roll of artists from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin and John Mayer to Led Zeppelin, Rush and even Van Halen. It’s clear when you hear his music that there’s no shortage of great artists influencing Brandon’s work.