On the front cover of Other People’s Problems ugly soulless buildings shine in a surrealistic sunset as the heavy grey clouds are slowly cleared from the sky. Breton‘s first album is that daydream, futuristic music trying to make something out of a depressing landscape. The London-based quartet go beyond electro-rock basics as their first album is a soundtrack to surviving a suburbian everyday life, with dark grooves, inspiring melancholia and street-style swagger.
Given that Breton are also a collective of video artists, there’s little wonder why there’s such a cinematic feel to most of the tracks. They’re a band who are very aware of the moment: not scared of showing underground dubstep influences here (‘2 Years’, ‘The Commission’) and stadium-sized dance-rock inspirations there (‘Edward The Confessor’, ‘Wood And Plastic’). Roman Rapak’s vocals are drowning in echo and delay, not a problem as the music speaks for itself and his voice is just another instrument between the beats, the funky guitars and the nasty synth-bass lines.
Other People’s Problems should appeal to mass audiences and serious music fans alike. While Breton haven’t chosen to take a calculated path, they’ve set off on their own adventure.