decker. Live Session

Mar 27, 2015

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. “Tailor-made for a Coen Brothers western,” as one reviewer put it, “the music is dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest.

While hard to pigeonhole, there’s a purposeful duality to decker.’s work; it’s sparse while full. Also: intense, romantic, cryptic and raw. All those characteristics and more are readily apparent on Patsy, decker.’s latest release and follow-up to 2013’s much-hailed “desert gospel masterpiece” Slider. Recorded in Tucson, Patsy veers from quiet shuffles to noisy guitar jams and horn-driven ballads, but never becomes quixotic or difficult. It’s hypnotic stuff. And a huge leap forward for the singer. “You’re always evolving,” he explains. “If we’re not evolving, something is wrong.” Recorded with a bevy of Tucson-based musicians, the cohesion on Patsy comes first and foremost lyrically."