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Brookville is the brainchild of Andy Chase, who also founded the group Ivy with his wife Dominique Durand and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne. Chase spends much of his time in the recording studio turning the knobs for other bands (Trashcan Sinatras), where he gets ideas for his own projects. Broken Lights is a thoroughly engaging album just meant for a rainy day. Chase’s vocals are subdued and smoky, never shaking up the moment but serving the atmosphere perfectly. “Happy” is hardly so shiny and upbeat, but it does glisten with a luminous groove. Sometimes, Chase expands his range. “Tell Her You Love Her” mixes ‘70s dancefloor rhythms and keyboards with a melody line that clearly wants to jump an octave to falsetto, but remains rooted in Chase’s likable mumble. “Breakdown” throws in a psychedelically filtered lead vocal, alongside a sublime orchestral backing. Warm synths fill out the striking “End of the World.” Chase is the rare studio master who can write the songs to back it up.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

When he's not making records with Ivy, Andy Chase shapes a quirky kind of sound under the Brookville moniker. Chase started Brookville in the late '90s as an outlet for his experimental, Euro-romantic musical textures. With the encouragement of singer/songwriter Eric Matthews, Brookville mastered a few songs before the decade's end. In 2003, Chase launched his own label, Unfiltered, and released Brookville's debut, Wonderfully Nothing. The album, which is a solo album of sorts, featured collaborative...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Sep 29, 2009

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