/ba.’brook/ (Release Date: Jan. 29 2013) This needs some polka dots and this needs a broad stroke of blue…
"Frankly, I’ve read many horribly shallow bios with empty phrases like 'she’s a force to be reckoned with,' that leave me feeling the victim of a bad sales scheme.”
So Bobruk, a Huntsville Texan native and Austin-based songwriter, hands the task of writing her biography to a Dane who doesn’t really speak the language. The fact that her solution to avoiding music clichés was to hire someone with a rusty command of the English language is also worth mentioning because it sheds light on her own – very unconventional – approach to writing music. Also a bit of a challenge: Bobruk likes creating music much more than talking about it.
Santa Claus and The Beattie
On her new album /ba.'brook/, Bobruk chooses to collaborate with producer/bassist Brian Beattie and drummer Dony Wynn; two musicians whose perspectives to music-making are refreashingly untraditional, to put it simply.
”The Beattie” hails from Austin's avant-garde punk rock band Glass Eye and has produced albums for Daniel Johnston, Okkervil River, Bill Callahan and Shearwater. Wynn, who Bobruk refers to as ’The Santa Claus of Percussion’, has worked with such artists as Robert Plant and Robert Palmer and is known for building his drumkits out of everything from a banana peel to a filing cabinate.
It starts with a picture…
Paintings, cartoons, and old silent movies have been essential to Bobruk in making /ba.’brook/. ”When I hear music, I see pictures and the other way around. So naturally, when I write songs it starts with me trying to set an image to words and sound. I guess you can say I’m more inspired by Chagall and Chaplin than by the great composers.” This is Bobruk‘s artistic language. As told to Beattie in the studio, ”This needs some polka dots and this needs a broad stroke of blue”.
The album’s signature vocal collages, which in some songs resemble early Disney or Looney Tunes-esque singing flowers, are the result of her ability to blend art and language. So it is that Bobruk sound paints on /ba.'brook/, evident even in the name of this self-titled release, a phonetic rendition of her last name.
The road to here...
2003. Bobruk releases her first EP, “Small Town Girl,” and quickly becomes a featured songwriter by Central Texas DJs.
2005. Bobruk wins the Slopeside Serenade Mountain Town Stage Songwriting Contest and opens for Dr. John.
2008. Bobruk releases The Safety Match Journal, which receives excellent reviews. She holds down a year-long residency at Austin’s The Scoot Inn.
2010. Bobruk is voted one of the “Top Ten Bands in Austin” by Austin Monthly. Later that year, Bobruk co-writes two Danish Top 20 hits as a result of her involvement with the Danish Songwriter’s Guild project, The House of Songs, located in Austin. To date, she has co-written with over 25 Scandinavian songwriters; one-third of these songs are published on European albums.
2011. Bobruk is invited to Denmark as a guest songwriter at the historic Engelsholm Castle Highschool, toured Denmark and performed at the Jelling Festival.
2012. Bobruk is featured in the book ”The Sounds of Austin” and raises over $12,000 in contributions from fans, making the recording of /ba.’brook/ possible with producer Brian Beattie. Release date: January 29, 2013.
Bobruk has shared the stage with the likes of Dr. John, Butch Hancock, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Freedy Johnston, Ruthie Foster, David Garza, Ian Moore, Robert Harrison (Cotton Mather), Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, Michael Fracasso, and Will Sexton to name a few.