With the release of his full length album Mystery, Brent McCollough brings an indie edge to pop music. Lush with new electro synths, catchy vocal melodies, and addicting progressions, the record reaches the aesthetic of a new wave anthem. Though the songs are diverse from one and another, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “What You Tryin’ to Say” is a catchy, indie pop powerhouse. Laced with blues, funk, and even classic rock, the song touches on contemporary classics by crossing genres both old and new. “What You Tryin’ to Say is a song that pokes fun at how difficult communication can be sometimes," explains McCollough. “I’m sure most people have experienced a similar situation in their lives as well. I wanted to make an upbeat song that encouraged people to say what they think instead of letting negative emotions eat them alive. In my experience, it’s much better to get your thoughts off your chest than to let them bottle up inside. No need to keep those negative emotions a mystery,’ if you will.” Although the single speaks volumes for the Album, to get the full understanding of where Brent is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. “Ounce of Faith” for example, is an indie pop electro-pop ballad that breathes and builds as it plays on.
“Ounce of Faith is one of my personal favorites from the album,” says Brent. “It’s the last song on the record, and it’s an ambient modern song with a strong message of following your dreams. It is a commentary on embracing the mystery of the future and being bold enough to craft it into whatever you want it to be.”
Brent McCollough has been a performer, keyboardist, and songwriter for as long as he can remember. After working with other bands as a backup vocalist and keyboard player as well as producing other artists’ music for years, he began spending countless hours writing and recording his original material in his home studio. The Mystery album was recorded, written, and produced by Brent alone. Being able to hone his writing skills with no interference allowed him to release something that represents his sound completely. As Brent himself puts it, “Even as my first album, my sound has changed a lot throughout the process of recording and producing my music. I am happy with the sound I was able to create, and I hope the album is received as a positive step in the right direction.” The Mystery album is available on most digital outlets for download and streaming, and Brent is already working on his follow up release.