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How Will I Know If I'm Awake

Brent Cash

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Brent Cash hails from Athens, GA, but his debut album sounds like he was born and raised in Hawthorne, CA. How Will I Know If I'm Awake bubbles and bursts with songs slathered in classic West Coast sunshine pop, replete with overflowing bah-bah-bah vocals that invoke memories of the late Carl Wilson's milky inflections. To make for an outing that sounds authentically 1968, this album was recorded on two-inch analogue tape with a scaled down orchestra that made good use of a horn section, elegantly arranged strings, piano and a skilled harpist — all of which serve to build on a foundation of sophisticated but playful baroque pop that could be easily mistaken for bygone Emitt Rhodes solo recordings, most notably "Digging The Fault Line." "Everything That's Grey" opens with barbed melodies, breezy harmonies and fey vocals reminiscent of Curt Boettcher's recordings with Sagittarius and The Millennium. Even if Burt Bacharach somehow reassembled The 5th Dimension, it couldn't sound any better than the bombastic "Only Time," where the male/female vocals are intertwined with such joyous harmony that you can actually hear them smile.

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Fantastic Debut!! One of the Best Albums of '08!!

A catchy, lyrical pop experience! Sure, there are songwriters & songs that have presented similarities to what's presented here over the past few decades. But, this album has a cohesive feel that has been missing for some time. An excellent example of what music used to be and SHOULD be! Many of the reviews I've seen suggest it's excellence is based in it's similarities to music from the 60's & 70's. I find that partially true. What it has in common with works of those eras is the craftsmanship & artistry that was give to the songs...even innocuous three minute odes to love. On This Album, Brent Cash delivers songs like 'Only Time', 'Everything That's Grey' 'Digging The Fault Line' and 'Good Morning Sunshine' that display a similar creative mindset. Even my current favorite 'This Sea, These Waves' displays all the vibe of a classic Bossa Nova song by Jobim. But, there are also songs that defy the "Sunshine Pop" label like 'And Had We Ever', 'More Than Everything' and the incredible duet 'Love Is Burning Down Tonight'. All in All, this album is a rare find. A musical Gem. It has something for the music lover in all of us. Check it out...IMMEDIATELY. It's just plain worth it!

Fantastic!

A little piece of summer sunshine that will make your heart sing. Sounds like something straight from the 60s, with more than subtle hints of the Free Design and the Fifth Dimension. Really, a great album--every track is chock full of lush sounds and breezy atmosphere. Recommended: The duet between Cash and Amanda Kapouzous, "Love Is Burning Down Tonight." Check that string intro out on the free preview. The rest of the song is THAT GOOD.

Genius!!! Sixties Pop is Back!!!

This album is absolutely brilliant!!! If your a fan of any sixties pop this album is a must have. If your not a fan of sixties pop this album will bring you around. You will swear this album was made 40 years ago and if it doesn't make you smile you better listen to it again! Everything about this album is outstanding... the writing, the composition, the musicianship, the recording...everything. A must have!!!!

Biography

Born: June 9, 1967 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Athens, GA-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brent Cash began his musical career as a drummer (beating the skins for such diverse acts as Television Buzz and the Mike Guthrie Band). Drumming may have been his thing at the time but, behind the scenes, Cash was cooking up some sunshine pop-inspired gems at home. For a while, the odd cassette was handed out to friends, but it wasn't until the mid-2000s that Cash began to pursue higher aspirations. Enlisting the recording talents of Andy...
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