By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amersterdam
Review: Blunda’s album – Brighter Days-June 17, 2022
Andy Blunda has been around for a while, and has done quite a bit. Some of the melodic/power pop fans have probably encountered him already, as he was a member Fastball, Paloalto in the late nineties and early 2000s, and has also played with Jason Falkner and Zoe Bonham.
As a composer/producer located in the L.A., Blunda has also tried his hand with media music, and has his compositions featured in countless films TV shows (Jay Leno’s Garage) commercials…
Actually, all that is featured in his biography, is really showcased throughout ‘Brighter Days,’ his latest album. Blunda combines his experienced touch with instrumental music (with Ennio Morricone, certainly among his influences) to his obvious love for melodic power pop, with vocal tracks covering a wide ground from obvious love of The Beatles to eighties faves like Echo & The Bunnymen.
Blunda aims to hit that feeling and sensation of open spaces, and he hits this main theme quite effectively throughout the album.
This album came out of wanting to creating a space and feeling that would transport the listener. I found myself going on tons of hikes this past year with my son and exploring all these amazing places just outside of the city. I really wanted to create something that gave the feeling of being in all these wide open spaces. Especially after all the lockdowns of the last couple of years. I love music that takes you out of reality and puts you into a feeling or place. That inspired me as I worked on the songs and gave me the freedom to let them be. With or without vocals.
And yes, he nails it almost perfectly.