“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”
“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”
"Bryan, you are amazing"