Mississippi multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant, of Water Liars, returns with a heartbreaking collection of new music in his album “A Meaningful Connection” set to release on July 9.
In what feels like an odd transition, Bryant began playing music in the early 90s in a southern church to then turn Memphis punk after high school. Then in 2012, he teamed up with Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster to form the band Water Liars. Water Liars do not have what I would call a southern church vibe, nor are they punk rock, with their indie-folk vibe and that is true of the solo music Bryant is releasing now, too.
I believe we will be hearing more and more artists releasing albums post-pandemic that really dive deep into the minds of our favorite songwriters. With “A Meaningful Connection” we’re hearing Bryant get more sentimental than ever before.
What carries me is good art
Pete Hamill starts his liner notes for Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks this way: “In the end, the plague touched us all.” I’ll start there, too. Goddamn, we’re all beat up. A wreck of a nation. of a world. A wreck that has been reassembled with screws missing and busted corners and a bad tilt. What remains—what carried me and carries me—is good art.Andrew Bryant
I don’t want to fight
One of the first singles from this anticipated album is “Fight.” You can stream it below embedded from Bryant’s Soundcloud page. It’s drowning in a dark and sorrowful sound with lyrics that are written to be strong but are sung in such a resigned way, that you can hear his pain. He sings about not wanting to fight, not wanting to start a war, and goes on to say ” I want to be like Christ / But I don’t want to die.”
When I heard Andrew Bryant’s voice for the first time, my first thought was that he has a distinct, deep sound, reminiscent of maybe a new-age Chris Isaak or the late Ian Curtis of Joy Division. I guess when I do think of the haunting vocals of Joy Division, I can more easily imagine that Memphis punk background I’ve read about in Bryant’s bio.
New Music in A Meaningful Connection
While “A Meaningful Connection” might not be the album to turn on when you’re looking to get amped for the next big game, it is most definitely one to check out if you ever need validation that you are not alone in this crazy world.
Honor code here, it’s not my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean it won’t fit your taste. So let me know what you think about this new music!