The first time I ever travelled to Scotland I used a friend's Delta Airlines “buddy pass”, and on Christmas Day I flew from Atlanta to Edinburgh. Since there was no one else on the plane I got to fly in First Class. It was both the best and the worst flight I had ever taken. I was ensconced in the luxury and service of First Class but an engine failure meant that we were grounded for nearly 10 hours. The best thing about that flight was the coffee. I had the best cup of coffee I have ever had on that plane – I know this sounds an impossible declaration.
How can aeroplane coffee be good, I hear you ask? Well this cup was perfect – rich, smooth and dreamily creamy. Every cup of coffee I have had since has been judged by the creamy, rich, smooth flavour of that one perfect cup, and all have been found severely lacking. Only once or twice have I tasted a cup that came close to the One Perfect Cup, as I have come to call it.
Cary Brothers' music reminds me of the One Perfect Cup. Always deeply textured, smooth and warm, mellow and creamy rich. As familiar and comfortable as wrapping yourself in a cosy duvet on a snowy day. And his new album Under Control is a perfect example of that perfectly smooth aural comfort.
Cary Brothers' music has been featured on TV and in film. He can be heard in Grey's Anatomy, ER, Bones, Scrubs, Kyle XY, and Psych, to name just a few. Cinematically his music has featured in Sky High, Last Kiss, Easy A and Garden State among others.
In Brothers' sound you can hear the heavy influence of bands from his teenage years in the '80s. The Psychedelic Furs, Scritti Politti, The Cure, U2, Thompson Twins and Level 42 all inspire and inform the Brothers sound. His first studio album Who You Are featured a stripped back, indie-rock cover of the Thompson Twins “If You Were Here”. In stripping it back to its bones, he found a hidden depth in the '80s classic.