Today Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Brooks Hudgins shares “Lost In Conversation,” exclusively with XS Noize off of his debut album Drive Thru Communion, due out December 11th. A slower, more delicate track, “Lost In Conversation” showcases Brooks’ radical honesty, knack for narrative, and gentler guitar grooves. It’s definitely a standout.
In early 2020, Hudgins teamed up with classically trained violinist turned record producer Grant Gardner at Corner Store Studios in Ridgewood, NY to record what would eventually be tormented into Drive Thru Communion. With little experience and a lot of unexpected global news nigh, they recorded an alt-country album with flashes of brilliance and maimed by a lot of head-scratching inconsistencies.
The debut full-length album is due out December 11th, and all that we can let on at this point is to expect the unexpected. The 13 tracks were recorded in various studios and bedroom closets across the US and promise a dark peculiarity characteristic of the little that we have heard from Brooks.
Listen to ‘Lost In Conversation’ – BELOW:
Brooks Hudgins is a long origin story, but we’ll give you the Spark Notes. Dallas born, Tennessee baptised, and raised in LA in an aspiring Hollywood family, the root of the fruit came from a guitar and an early interest in the potency of booze and prose. Much of the music was gleaned from teenage years in Hollywood sparring with his parents over child acting, getting to know the local law enforcement, and shadow puppeting the biggest and brightest celebrities.
Disillusioned by the false summit of childhood in LA, Brooks went to film school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he learned more about music and clubbing than film by tenfold. An early heavy techno DJ career saw success, running nights at the infamous Sneaky Pete’s and DJing for SUBSTANCE, with Soundcloud touting him “one of the best young DJ’s in Scotland. “Brooks couldn’t scheme a visa, so he split the difference between LA and the UK and settled in New York, where the songwriting of his youth clicked with the influence of his college years, and the never-ending game of “Beat the Demo” began.
Writing and recording track after track in his stripped-down Bushwick basement studio, and working at the ignominious Flatiron hellhole Sugarfish at night, Brooks finally got the courage to quit his job and face the music. Drawing on his screenwriting degree, Brooks wrote and executive produced an 8 episode season of an iHeart Podcast country musical podcast for MGM and WME, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Lambert, Dennis Quaid, and Craig Robinson. He quickly turned and burned that money into the studio album to complete the musical vision rooted in a decade of songwriting and storytelling. Brooks currently resides in Brooklyn with his three absentee roommates and his bike named Cat.
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