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“The trippy and highly regarded "Into the Sky," comes into play, showcasing a whole different side of Deister. Spines of the Heart is Deister's masterpiece, from beginning to end as he sends a musical message you will not soon forget.”

“An extensive double album with a clear concept, mixing sounds and genres peculiar way. Deister is a great musician, whose efforts composition and musical knowledge quite deliver moments of pure ecstasy. (Translated from Spanish)”

“Nirvana to John Lennon: Bryan Deister Right In The Middle With many other musicians out there that also have well written music, Bryan wanted to be a part of the classic sounds like Weezer, Nirvana, etc., and this led him to writing music in a serious matter, though turning off course of the My Bloody Valentine or Voltaire sounds and more toward classical and jazz sounds into a new age style of composing music.”

"Approaching" and "Nothing More" will be the most accessible pieces with simple acoustic arrangement but based in a remarkable crescendo, and thanks to complex guitar riffs of "Nobody's Angel," he manages to marry paino classical and climates this rock as practiced in the 60 and 70. it will conclude with a glibness experimental highlighted on "Silent Screams" and "Seven Eight" and listening completed, it will be seen that n ' will in no way grazed boredom. (Translated)

“Along with Nirvana, Weezer, Voltaire, My Bloody Valentine, Bryan decided that dark, thoughtful, well written music is what he really wanted to be a part of. This led to him take writing music seriously and venturing off (from classical and jazz) into all of the 20th century style composition techniques from John Cage to John Lennon.”

“Spines of the Heart has so much to offer those who dare to tackle it. A dynamic instrumentation contrasts nicely with Deister’s melodic drawl, accented with cool solos every so often. Listening to this record is like listening to someone tell you about a dream they had, sometimes compelling and thought-provoking and other times just more of a cathartic exercise on their part.”

“Where is the line between avant garde and experimental shoegaze? Bryan Deister proves that he can push those boundaries and give listeners the luxury of not having to make those decisions. If Sonic Youth married Radiohead and made music, the result would be somewhat similar to Bryan’s latest 22-track fantasy, Spines of the Heart. Throughout the journey, Bryan takes listeners from outlying abstract to hymnal chantings and almost everything in between. Bryan’s superb voice, which ranges from an esthetic yodel to low toned sailings brings us to many different planes. Some songs carry the listener off to another dreamlike land, others have us drifting along like a light breeze off a mountain. There are dips and highs that go along with this type of sound. The melodies are there but are disguised behind the thoughts and movements, much more symphonic than pop recordings. Standouts of the collection are “Brighter Dawn,” “Emily” and “Vacant Eyes,” which track us back to hau”

“One track, though, catches my ears and catches them again on re-listens, "Seven Eight," a reference to the song's time signature. Vaguely Zappa-like with an angular tempo, Deister changes the mood and brightens the session with a manic vocal that manages to sound both bemused and angry, and there is a tastefully off-kilter organ solo that hopscotches over the colliding rhythms nicely. One wishes there was more of this, that there was more in Deister 's bag of musical styles. Rather than swing for the fence, he settles for competence, and that does not make one interested in what future efforts he will offer his audience.”

“Bryan Deister is more than a musician and songwriter. He is a composer and arranger of noises. He is a weaver of frequencies. He is not afraid of experimentation and pushing his creative boundaries into uncomfortable places. Ladies and gentlemen, I haven’t felt like this since I first discovered Radiohead over a decade ago. Bryan Deister’s new album Spines of the Heart is something special, unique, and stimulating.”

“Deister isn't necessarily the best singer, but there are moments when he uses his voice to his advantage. On the gripping opening track “All That I Have” he sounds like he's from another world as his hushed vocals are haunting. He does this again on “Approaching” where it sounds more like he's possessed and chanting rather than singing. Spawning over 20 tracks, “Spines of the Heart” is a boggling journey through Deister's mind. He even says it may be too personal at times, but he's come to accept it.”

“Bryan Deister is not your average musician. With hints of dark and classic elements throughout his work, he shares the intriguing new album, Spines of the Heart. His latest release, which has been charting on the worldwide digital radio charts, shares his haunting and mystifying songs with the world, one song at a time.”

“Loneliness brews dark on this album. Deister’s synth piano often sets the tone upon which his tastefully mixed falsetto melodies are constructed. The desolate track, “Have You,” opens with enigmatic piano (reminiscent of the harpsichord fundamental to baroque pop) chords and a light polyrhythmic snare counterpoint — giving the song a spacey yet weighted intrigue. Deister’s tantalizing falsetto blends well with the melodic dynamism of his disparate keys. The lead single, “Into the Sky,” is a wonderful amalgam of polyrhythmic mystique and his own eerie layered vocals. Deister bounces up and down that pentatonic scale on the record and warbles transcendence in quartet harmonic. Though, at times, the album sounds a bit too blunt with its sadness. The refrain, “I’m gonna kill myself” on the disturbing cut, “Gone” is one of few examples where the songwriting leaves much to be desired. With such high-level mixing/mastering skill, the next step must involve infusing mor”

“Spines Of The Heart - a robust 20 tracks. Deister proclaimed this is a deeply personal album, and one gets that sense from the beginning notes. It’s reinforced by the fact that he crafted this entire album himself, from writing the music right down to doing the artwork for the album. The first track, “All That I Have” dives deep into a swirling pool that seems opaque to look into. But the lilting airiness behind the moody tone of the percussion makes this a strong statement of being ourself, flaws and all. Deister displays a knack of tapping into both the light and darkness within us - “Always Further” is haunting, with the light Latin jazz influence striking a chord of desperate angst. But then, you get to a track like “Into The Sky”and find yourself locked into a tune that’s gentle and aspirational with a feel that speaks to the best of Euro-styled ambient music. This is a crisp and enthralling debut from a musician who is really into challenging himself - and us - t”

“Give Bryan Deister this, they don’t make albums this dark and gritty much anymore. I’ve read others make a bit of a comparison to Nine Inch Nails but where Trent Reznor was really dark and emo, Spines Of The Heart is more heartfelt. Heartfelt in that Bryan doesn’t need racy lyrics to spell out whatever demons he’s trying to convey to listeners. His screeching vocals and classically trained musical abilities does the best job of getting people’s attention. This album is long, over 20 tracks, but it’s a good look at a promising artist who nicely blends plenty of funk, rock, emo, tech, industrial, even hints of jazz into an enjoyable listening tour. Sure, the album wouldn’t suffer (maybe even be better) with fewer cuts but each song is a little chapter in a story Bryan wants us to be a part of. But as far as the music goes, there just isn’t anything like this being done anymore and Bryan brings back this style of dark rock. It’s far from perfect but even imperfections ca”

““Approaching” and “Nothing More”, are as close to the mainstream this album will get with their simple and almost acoustic arrangements leading up to an almighty and fantastic build up towards the end. Thanks to the ridiculously intricate guitar riffs, a little 60s/70s flavour is added with “Nobody’s Angel” which, half way through, flips to bang up to date rock with the piano giving the five-and-a-half-minute production that classical edge. “Silent Screams and “Seven Eight” are the real oddballs of the album – again this is meant respectfully. Deister will put any prospective listeners through their paces with extreme experimentation of what could be described as past rock clashing up with futuristic rock. From the moment you hit the play button on “Spines of the Heart” there won’t be a single dull moment. If John Lennon was still alive, this is the sort of music he’d be making.”

“Vacant Eyes and Apart of Me are a powerful one-two effort that are a microcosm of the twists and turns that Deister takes listeners over the course of the album. The windswept Vacant Eyes is the calm before the storm that is Apart of Me; bits of industrial, alternative, and hard rock all find their home on the album’s concluding song. Top Tracks: Apart of Me, All That I Have Rating: 8.0/10”

“Give Bryan Deister this, they don’t make albums this dark and gritty much anymore. I’ve read others make a bit of a comparison to Nine Inch Nails but where Trent Reznor was really dark and emo, Spines Of The Heart is more heartfelt. Heartfelt in that Bryan doesn’t need racy lyrics to spell out whatever demons he’s trying to convey to listeners. His screeching vocals and classically trained musical abilities does the best job of getting people’s attention.”

“Spines of the Heart by classically trained musician Bryan Deister is a mystical and haunting collection of alternative electro rock that’s reminiscent of Radiohead – as it’s an album so eloquently described as “brooding reflection.” Each track feels like organic new energy that bathes your body with truths and secrets. It’s perfect for when melancholy isn’t satisfying enough. For anyone who favors gritty, dark and emotionally penetrating experimental rock/electronic fusions, there’s plenty to enjoy here. As his bio notes, Bryan is trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music. He writes, sings, and composes all of his music including the chorals, polyrhythms and unique instrumentation such as funk banjo and rice percussion. His influences, such as: Nirvana, Weezer, Voltaire and My Bloody Valentine, inspired him to foray into dark and thoughtful music. Despite 2 disc album’s hefty length (22 tracks), the collective whole works toward rattling”

“‘Into the Sky’ is a bright song that weaves together classical and pop into a dreamy, uplifting melody. It is off of a two-disc album entitled Spines of the Heart issued December 2016. Musician Bryan Deister is currently a student at Berklee College of Music. He is classically trained and writes and performs all of his music. Listen to the song on Soundcloud below.”

“Spines of the Heart is a gargantuan 23-tracked album spread over two CDs and released to us by singer and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Deister. Hailing from Redondo Beach, California, Deister is trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music. What is clear from this release is that he intends to make music without any constraints, looking to test his own limits as well as the confines of the norm. His brand of Experimental Electronica and Rock is a homaged mix of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt Cobain and Bjork. As a result we get a couple lovely moments but also get a lot of crazy ones too, perhaps more so. Spines of the Heart starts off peacefully and enjoyable enough with opening track All That I Have. Vocally Deister sounds like he is strongly influenced by Yorke and sounds like him too. The lyrical theme works well with the instrumentation, melodies and delivery. It’s a very decent opener.”

“For Bryan Deister, darkness is a path walked towards and not away from. His emotionally charged album Spines Of The Heart, is not for the faint of heart. Classically trained in music, Bryan Deister brings together his collective knowledge of all things music, and has created an album that sinks its teeth into the spiny heart of the listener.”

“Deister unleashes more sinister sounds on ‘The Bread’, which again, feels reminiscent of some of Radiohead’s darker songs, while penultimate track ‘Vacant Eyes’ is one of the album’s more hopeful moments. Spines of the Heart is a record that needs to be taken in small bites and revisited over time, but it is well worth the effort. The album is a labyrinth of different sounds and directions, yet it all feels cohesive and apart of a larger creation. While there’re many polyrhythms and sophisticated musical content in the DNA of these tracks, Bryan Deister manages to present them in such a way that makes the songs sound incredibly listenable and deeply mesmerizing.”

“Bryan Deister is a newcomer to the world of songwriting. I mean sure, he’s classically trained in modern music technically, but he’s been spending all of his time and efforts in the classical and jazz departments, and not to mention his tireless academic devotion as a current student at Berklee College of Music. His freshmen effort, rightfully named Spines of the Heart, is extremely bold, dark, and moody – a collection of melancholy grunge-pop tunes heavily influenced by the almighties Thom Yorke, Kurt Cobain, & Bjork. In all honesty a lot of the songs on this album really didn’t tickle my fancy in the slightest, but as a young and fairly new-to-this songwriter/composer, I can already see that Deister is truly a diamond in the rough. There is one song from the album that is destined for heavy rotation: the loner upbeat track of the bunch, and heavy on the Strokes-vibes pop song “Into The Sky”.”

“Even though he's a sophomore in college, Deister's musical style and influences are beyond his years. Aside from composing all of the tunes and writing the lyrics for every bit of music, Bryan produces and performed every aspect of this 90-minute double-disc album. Iconic studio engineer and producer Bernie Grundman mastered Bryan's new record. Bryan lists his influences as early '90s grundge, experimental and pop musicians like Nirvana, Weezer, My Bloody Valentine and more, though he's also trained in classical, blues, and jazz. Again, he's very versatile! While it's refreshing to hear about a young artist mentioning influences that would have been around while he was an infant, his music clearly pulls from these musicians. You can hear the angst and anger of grundge, the lamenting of alternative pop music and the orchestrations of classical throughout the 22-song album, but Bryan brings them all together for 90 minutes of great listening.”

“A lot of modern artists try to operating under grandiose guises and huge concepts that never really pay off. In the case of promising talent Bryan Deister, it would seem that he’s more in control of the sprawling sonic atmospheres he creates as opposed to the other way around. While keeping up his Writing and Composition Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, Deister crafted an ambitious new full length, Spines of the Heart. The dark, brooding album comes in the continued veins of Thom Yorke’s solo works marking Deister as an artist and composer to watch going forward. The mood on Spines of the Heart is established from the outset in “All That I Have.” On the lead track, Deister builds tension lines with rumbling bass undulations, thundering drums and his own ethereal vocal take.”

“Trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music, artist Bryan Deister has released his dark and emotional experimental electronic fusion, “Spines of the Heart”. Remarkably creative, Bryan gathers his influences from the late Kurt Cobain. This 2 disc Album of 22 songs is one of deep, despondent feelings and reflection. Louder Than War was able to get inside the mind of the man behind this tastefully composed music”

“Bryan Deister just dropped his latest musical effort, entitled Spines of the Heart. Deister’s style of music is referred to as experimental/rock/electronic fusions; a lengthy term that generates a remote nuance of uneasiness. Strictly speaking, rock fusion is a subgenre of progressive rock that emphasizes electronic instruments and diverse structural manipulations. Electronic fusion rock, generally speaking, makes a virtue of inscrutability and dressed itself up in random and sometimes contradictory musical costumes. Spines of the Heart has 22 tracks, comprising various musical influences. But all are heavily electronic. The first track, ‘All That I Have’, definitely falls under the experimental category. The melody is monotonous and the vocals, in addition to being mysteriously poor, are offbeat, perhaps a reflection of Deister’s classical training. The best song on the album is probably ‘Into The Sky’. The tune reminds the listener of a barbershop quartet as the voca”

“I give the album an 8 out of 10 rating. Bryan takes listeners on a bizarre journey of disillusion and fantasy. The musical makeup is rather eerie and dreadful, yet it still maintains beauty and fascination. I think Bryan is a gifted musician, but he really needs to improve his vocal production.”

“Bryan Deister just dropped his latest musical effort, entitled Spines of the Heart. Deister's style of music is referred to as experimental/rock/electronic fusion; a lengthy term that generates a remote nuance of uneasiness. By most definitions, rock fusion is a subgenre of progressive rock that emphasizes electronic instruments and a variety of structural manipulations. Deister refers to his musical style as alternative, as you'll when you read the interview. However, it's categorized, it is interesting stuff. He was kind enough to sit down with me and answer my questions. His answers were short and pithy.”

“In no way is Spines of the Heart even remotely conventional. Only those deeply ensconced in experimental fusion rock will want to give it a hearing. There are too many variable piled upon variables, which makes the music foreign to most listeners. In the end, Spines of the Heart is just a factitious display of nonsensical noise. Deister obviously has talent.”

“'In Her Eyes', 'Wait' stick out as interesting Tracks because Deisters use of vocals in almost an instrument way, having them provide some of the harmony, supporting the main vocal melody. This is an interesting technique and not one that is used all that often in this style of music.”

“Palos Verdes, CA musician Bryan Deister released a whopping two-disc, 22-track album, titled Spines Of The Heart, near the close of 2015. Filled with experimental electronics, the album is mostly dark, often brooding, and at times reminiscent of acts ranging from Björk to Nine Inch Nails. In total, clocking in at around 85 minutes, it’s a journey to say the least, but if you have that kind of time, you might find some genuine beauty and very moving moments here. Even after the toll this release must’ve taken, you can certainly expect more music from Deister down the line. Currently enrolled at Berklee College Of Music, Bryan has said, “Hopefully after Berklee I will continue to improve in all facets and be able to write interesting music without starving.” You can listen through Spines Of The Heart below and keep up with Deister on Twitter and his website.”

“The macabre undertones are everywhere, in lyric and sound, and Deister is unsparing with his use of dissonance. With immense vulnerability, the composer wends through experimental song forms, and though he mostly executes his ideas in standard rock instrumentations, little can ever be anticipated. In his vocals – his most salient instrument – Deister invokes the unpredictable, left-handed turns of Deftones. Check out the irresolute apotheosis of “What You Want,” for example, or the metal-inflected, 13-minute sound collage that caps the record. Spines of the Heart is far-reaching and entrenched in the avant-garde, and as such it's likely inaccessible to most. Its honesty is admirable, though, and Deister's sound is unique to him – a rarity in today's surfeit of musical ideas. If he can remain wholly unapologetic, and if he can find a balance between the esoteric realms of Cage and the more palatable stylings of Lennon, we could see something special indeed.”

“Simmering keyboard shimmers and contemplative notes keep a measured tempo on “Nothing More”. Deister stretches his vocals on the verses, singing about “…the dreams I have of you / in my mind…”. He flies to the stratosphere with pained sweetness during a prolonged vocal passage, his restless feelings resonating with poignancy as he caps the song off with the admission that “There is nothing more beautiful.” Heart-aching beauty, brooding distress, and introspective questioning all run deeply throughout Deister’s ambitious, alluring, and accomplished album.”

“New album Spines of the Heart by Bryan Deister is a haunting piece that has all the essential ingredients of experimental rock. The songs that tend to be very somber sounding are very similar to Radiohead’s music, particularly from the Kid A album. From the very first song to the last, the album is very similar to Radiohead’s music. Bryan Deister also tends to sound like Thom Yorke in all the songs of this new album. Despite that aspect, the album is quite interesting and does have a lot of experimental musicianship in it. In the end, the experimental side of it makes the album a nice piece to listen.”

“Ambitious artist Bryan Deister hit the music scene with his new album, Spines of the Heart, just before the New Year. Reminiscent of Thom Yorke, Roger Waters, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, and Jeff Buckley, Deister takes classical music and puts an electronic rock spin on it. Deister was a well practiced jazz and blues musician, but when it came to writing his own he wanted to pursue a darker path. He adopted composition techniques from John Cage to John Lennon, and earned a Writing and Composition scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Spines of the Heart, two discs and 22 songs long, is an entire showcase of his work.”

“I see a lot of the same great things in Spines of the Heart. Considering the sort of influence Kid A has had on 21st century popular music, it’s crazy to think relatively few bands saw fit to follow that sound for themselves. In a way, the ‘electronic rock’ formula is perfect for a vibrant solo artist like Deister. Solo projects usually suffer from a lack of commitment to a well-rounded execution; drums may suffer, or the production ends up lopsided. I don’t think Bryan Deister‘s fallen into this common trap.”

“The album as a whole gets most of its praise from the brave choice of dealing with such trying content. There are a few real gems on this album that can be found within the dark corners of the album, but you will have to wade through some trying waters to find them. Spines Of The Heart is a beautifully dark album, that although tests your patience a bit too much, it also offers you an honest glimpse into the mind of an interesting artist worth listening to. 7/10”

“Stream the new single “All That I Have” from classically trained musician Bryan Deister. Trained in jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music, Bryan writes, sings, and composes all of his music including the chorals, polyryhthms and unique instrumentation such as funk banjo and rice percussion. Beginning with eerily mysterious melodies and a steady percussive beat, the song is perfect for a solo night drive or long walks through the forest. His high vocals combined with the dark, low synth sounds works perfectly and creates a really interesting environment. Appreciators of experimental rock/electronic fusions such as Radioheads’ Kid A period, early Bjork, or even early Muse should really enjoy this track. The single is off of his sprawling, 22-song album Spines of the Heart.”

“Well-written is a matter of both skill and taste. Skill-wise, listeners will no doubt appreciate the sometimes very intricate melodies and surprising twists and turns. One such turn is the punk rock element in “Responding Well” and “Seven Eight”, while “Have You” features vocals that seem to lead listeners into a meditation routine. The somewhat blues-tinged elements in “Silent Screams”, the almost seductive elements in “Nobody Angel”, and the orchestra in “Brighter Dawn” are other twists offered in Spines of the Heart. As for skill, the piano on “Into The Sky” is impressive, as is the percussive backbone on “The Bread”. Taste-wise, while one can appreciate the influences Deister mentions in various interviews and press releases, they only appear sporadically throughout.”

“Spines of the Heart is definitely a solid album in most respects however. Bryan Deister has some of the marks of a musical genius. After all, it's not every day you see a young man aiming to compete with some of popular music's best minds, both past and present. Sure, there are some things he could improve on, and the album may have benefited from a few tracks being cut, but in the end, I know I'll remember Spines from the Heart long after the last lights have faded out. 75/100”

“It's clear by this point in the record that Bryan Deister is a musician not easily classified, and it's also apparent that that's just the way he prefers it. "In Her Eyes" takes on an a'capella vibe, as Deister's secondary vocals account for the bulk of the "instrumentation" outside of light percussive elements. Despite the fact that the music is melodically in line with the macabre, the Classical influences are certainly noticeable throughout. If Celldweller or Nine Inch Nails unplugged their guitars and swapped them out for a keyboard and an almost lounge/unplugged feel, they'd come up with something very similar to what Deister presents his listeners with on "Spines of the Heart."”

“Spines of the Heart - Bryan Deister To be clear, coming across a starving musician is rare maybe even more so would be a musician calling himself one. Bryan Deister does not falter from that limited radar. By far Deister’s Spines of the Heart eerily holds the listener captive while feeding absentmindedly the listen with this lethargic harmonies. Two tracks Into The Sky and All That I Have vastly differ from one another, experimental and temperament. Into The Sky somehow envelopes this Beach Boys musical essence that twists the words into an enchantment echo of The Beatles Because. An the other hand All The I Have has an impending demise attached to the repetition of the track. One would sense a high comparative ratio to the band Muse. Bryan Deister currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA where more than likely anyone walking by can hear numerous sounds coming from his house.”

“It's not surprising that Deister derives inspiration from both John Cage and John Lennon. "Have You" is driven by a minimalist keyboard riff that repeats underneath Deister's ethereal pleas, creating a trancelike effect. "All That I Have," in contrast, is structured around a persistent electronic beat that pulses far more intensely than the subtle suggestion of his voice. "Brighter Dawn" comes off as a torch song. Despite its name, the intonations of delivery suggest that optimism is a distant land that can be dreamed about but unlikely to ever become a tangible place to plant one's feet. "Into the Sky" has harmonies in the vein of Queen and the Beach Boys, except Deister does all the parts himself. As a one-man-band, he creates a lot of depth and shading, but it makes me wonder what kind of epic works he could create with a studio full of musicians like Brian Wilson had with "Pet Sounds."”

“The opening track on Spines of the Heart is the first to stand out. “All that I Have” has clear classical structure and features Deister in a haunting falsetto. While this track stays in a very high-pitched, almost angelic range, the next song, “Responding Well,” bring in lower registers courtesy of the Moog. His vocals, usually tonally similar to his heroes Thom Yorke or Jeff Buckley, break their operatic falsetto and sound truly rock-heavy. As this epic double album rolls on,”Wait” is another surprising stand-out. It is devoid of the electronic wall of sound so carefully crafted in many of the other tracks and features only Deister with some well-placed vocal mods. The album closes with yet another sutprise: the epic-within-an-epic “Apart of Me.” This 13-minute track starts off similar to many of the others on the album, but takes so many twists and turns stylistically, it can be said that this is truly an experimental track for Deister. It’s definitely a surprising”

“As a Classically trained musician, Bryan Deister certainly showcases his full range of influences and his openness to experimentation on the 22-track record "Spines of the Heart." For those listeners that are curious but not entirely committed to listening to the album from start to finish, all one would need to wet their sonic appetite is to listen to the album opener "All That I Have." With somber keys, distorted electronic noises, and steady, muffled percussion, "All That I Have" is the sort of melodically macabre offering one might expect to find on a Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, or even KoRn record. Deister's vocals carry a quiet anguish and angst that's perfectly suited for the instrumentation that accompanies them. Whether or not this Experimental, way out of the box approach to music is in your wheelhouse, there's a quirk and a daring to Bryan Deister and the sounds he creates that make them well worth a listen.”

“Spines of the Heart is much more complex, emotive and indie. With Deister really finding his stride by using classical composition, the largely electronic album released in late December and has already earned a number one rank with ReverbNation. Both music and vocals on the double-length Spines of the Heart are generally soft-spoken. Injected into each track, however, is always a passionate crescendo which injects even more emotion into the tense and sensitive base track. With Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and Bjork some of his modern muses, Deister has created a truly unique work in Spines of the Heart, the like of which cannot be rivaled in the current musical climate.”

"You are here: Home / Song of the Day / Song of the Day: “All That I Have” by Bryan Deister Song of the Day: “All That I Have” by Bryan Deister January 25, 2016 By ESBM Leave a Comment Bryan Deister Today’s song is “All That I Have” by Bryan Deister. The Redondo Beach, California native is trained in classical, jazz, blues, progressive rock, and modern music. He is a singer, song writer and composes all of his music including the chorals, polyrhythms, and unique instrumentation such as funk banjo, and rice percussion. His talent can be heard on this track and more off his latest 2 disc album of 22 songs. It is entitled Spines of The Heart."

“Bryan Deister’s new album, Spines of the Heart, is a sprawling 22-track journey that treks the enjoyably dark corners of his classical-inspired electro-pop. With his classically trained pedigree showing well, Deister’s sound immediately reminded me of Radiohead’s more subdued recent material (King of Limbs specifically), the likeness driven mainly by the hypnotic synth-bass and Deister’s vocals, which possess a similarly ghostly quality and emotional croon to Thom Yorke’s. Album opener “All That I Have” begins simply enough, with a blooping synth and minimalist percussion. When the latter halts momentarily, Deister’s haunting vocals kick in, giving way a minute later to a buzzing chorus that manages to be simultaneously ominous and infectious. The track and album represent an impressive atmospheric accomplishment, and a stellar introduction to a talented songwriter whose emotionally gripping stylistic vision appears to be firmly in command.”

"His new album, Spines of the Heart, is a skewed rock record that indirectly demands your attention because of everything that is going on. The album sounds as if it’s a part of some parallel universe in which Kevin Shields listened to Miles Davis instead of The Jesus and Mary Chain for his jumping off point. Although songs like “Have You” seem more like fragments, and others like “Silent Screams” are certainly left of center interpretations of pop music, it’s hard to consider this an “outsider” work, because Deister clearly knows his stuff. Its sizable length, however, does make it feel like something akin to an early Daniel Johnston tape. Deister adeptly mixes beautiful moments (“Today,” “Nothing More”) with the downright odd (“Seven Eight”), turning the album into a captivating experiment in bipolarity. Spines of the Heart..."

““Apart of Me” is a nice ending surprise, starting as it does with vocals and keys very much like lots of what’s come before, but then things drop out for a second section of full key orchestration into full prog rock territory, then we get a third movement of heavy, space-like, flight drama (wailing keys and vocals) then even a different section after with a real snapping beat and more organ wailing and big drama build at the end. At thirteen-minutes-plus, Spines of the Heart ends on a high note indeed!"”

“Bryan Deister writes, sings, composes, plays and produces a full mélange on his new album, Spines of the Heart. After a distorted guitar beginning, we get plooky, arpeggiated keys and a shunky drum beat under a lilting lead vocal with bleeding, over-driven keys on the opener, “All That I Have.” “In Her Eyes” relies on that same sounding drum machine beat and keys still a little too present in the mix, but Deister’s John Lennon-like vocals over top makes this one truly feel heartfelt. “Into the Sky” sees some wonderfully layered harmony vocals. It’s one of the better tunes here for me, though it does build from just a simple (yet effective) piano. I’m not so sure the moaning, Thom Yorke-homage works so well on “Today.” “The Bread” relies on a heavy percussion and metallic drama for its effectiveness. Ah yes, piano again on the very sad “Always Further.” “Seven Eight” is a great, nearly punk rock mover ...”

“It seems that Spines of the Heart is designed to be listened to as one cohesive work; each track melds into the next to create an emotive and symphonic yet electronic musical journey. As far as individual tracks go, the opening two stand out as being definitive of this particular work. “All that I Have” has a classical structure and features Deister’s vocal range in a whisper-quiet yet bell-clear falsetto. In “Responding Well,” Moog-inspired tones as well as an unexpected punk rock crescendo take center stage. Farther down the track list, “Wait” seems devoid of the electronic wall of sound in many others, featuring only Deister and a high-level voice modulator. It does, however, show Deister’s stylistic diversity and his desire to experiment with sound as he continues to develop his work.”

“There’s quiet power in the record. And it’s decidedly atmospheric, and richly dense. Deister obviously put a lot of himself into each track. As the final track fades out, we’ve been to church.”

“This is a solid release. With 22-tracks off this 2-disc album, there is a lot to listen for and to strive to understand. Those who thrive under ambiguous settings and atmospheric listens will be gratified by the mind-bending course this album takes, giving it a, 7.8/10.”

“A provocative sound but not the type of style I would listen to. The music is creative and has a unique texture. Reminds me of the Doors band. The effects to the keys are out of this world. The keyboardist is extremely talented. I very much appreciate this type of sound”

Anonymous - Crowd Review

“The intro was great the instruments were awesome the music is soothing.the guitar solo was well played it was amazing this is the best solo I have ever heard.The chorus is so catchy. The chords of the guitar solo is crazy it is so unique. The beats are awesome”

Anonymous - Crowd Review

"Bryan, you are amazing"

Dawn Roth - Facebook