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Brotherkenzie is the solo output from Minneapolis producer and songwriter Nathan Stocker and, through the project, lives in the shadows, operating on the outskirts of the music industry, something hes grown increasingly less interested in as he ages. Brotherkenzies music is a chasm carved from honesty and earnestness, the result teetering between catchiness and pop, but with sharp edges.

On the cover ofNathan, Stocker is about to be enveloped by an enormous black box in a deadened Minnesotan sprawl, framed by the eeriness of placid blue skies, the suggestion of a cold wind. Its like a snapshot of calm caught in a moment before somethingbadhappens, but you dont know quite what thatbadis yet. The looming black mass is a physical manifestation of narcissism andNathanis an exhaustive exploration of that. Its an artifact of what happens when you listen to, and obey, your demons. A final look-a-round at the dirt youve known your whole life before descending to the eternal what-have-you.

The record is a re-introduction to Stockers solo output as brotherkenzie; his last release, 2020sBIG WHATclosed the first chapter of the project, whileNathanexplores the afterlife of a creative death. The 12 songs collected here are intended to signify a new brotherkenzie era: one embracing sex and heathen ideals. Even the title vies for blasphemy; Stockers attempt to divorce his first name from its loaded religious meaning and instead take ownership of it. Itd be easy to say its in response to Stockers deeply religious upbringing, but thats too simple instead, its an exercise in what ifs?, leaning into the dark side, interested in exploring what it means to be satanic without ever mentioning a devil or any type of God, or religion by name. Instead, Stocker wonders what happens when you die and are reborn as a demon. When you operate without goodness in mind. Is that a mode for something true? Even if its evil?

Stocker wrote these songs from March to November of 2020. It was isolating in the usual ways for that time, of course, but he was also juggling a number of relationships that were unhealthy for a myriad of reasons. He was stuck in a cycle, unable to escape, and every time he sat down the self-loathing and demons came out. Here he examines that self-destructive tenderness, observant of the way he was then but not fraught over it. Instead, hes like a documentarian of trying times; of what it feels like to grow a new epidermis instead.

Brotherkenzie is the solo output from Minneapolis producer and songwriter Nathan Stocker and, through the project, lives in the shadows, operating on the outskirts of the music industry, something hes grown increasingly less interested in as he ages. Brotherkenzies music is a chasm carved from honesty and earnestness, the result teetering between catchiness and pop, but with sharp edges.

On the cover ofNathan, Stocker is about to be enveloped by an enormous black box in a deadened Minnesotan sprawl, framed by the eeriness of placid blue skies, the suggestion of a cold wind. Its like a snapshot of calm caught in a moment before somethingbadhappens, but you dont know quite what thatbadis yet. The looming black mass is a physical manifestation of narcissism andNathanis an exhaustive exploration of that. Its an artifact of what happens when you listen to, and obey, your demons. A final look-a-round at the dirt youve known your whole life before descending to the eternal what-have-you.

The record is a re-introduction to Stockers solo output as brotherkenzie; his last release, 2020sBIG WHATclosed the first chapter of the project, whileNathanexplores the afterlife of a creative death. The 12 songs collected here are intended to signify a new brotherkenzie era: one embracing sex and heathen ideals. Even the title vies for blasphemy; Stockers attempt to divorce his first name from its loaded religious meaning and instead take ownership of it. Itd be easy to say its in response to Stockers deeply religious upbringing, but thats too simple instead, its an exercise in what ifs?, leaning into the dark side, interested in exploring what it means to be satanic without ever mentioning a devil or any type of God, or religion by name. Instead, Stocker wonders what happens when you die and are reborn as a demon. When you operate without goodness in mind. Is that a mode for something true? Even if its evil?

Stocker wrote these songs from March to November of 2020. It was isolating in the usual ways for that time, of course, but he was also juggling a number of relationships that were unhealthy for a myriad of reasons. He was stuck in a cycle, unable to escape, and every time he sat down the self-loathing and demons came out. Here he examines that self-destructive tenderness, observant of the way he was then but not fraught over it. Instead, hes like a documentarian of trying times; of what it feels like to grow a new epidermis instead.

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Brotherkenzie is the solo output from Minneapolis producer and songwriter Nathan Stocker and, through the project, lives in the shadows, operating on the outskirts of the music industry, something hes grown increasingly less interested in as he ages. Brotherkenzies music is a chasm carved from honesty and earnestness, the result teetering between catchiness and pop, but with sharp edges.

On the cover ofNathan, Stocker is about to be enveloped by an enormous black box in a deadened Minnesotan sprawl, framed by the eeriness of placid blue skies, the suggestion of a cold wind. Its like a snapshot of calm caught in a moment before somethingbadhappens, but you dont know quite what thatbadis yet. The looming black mass is a physical manifestation of narcissism andNathanis an exhaustive exploration of that. Its an artifact of what happens when you listen to, and obey, your demons. A final look-a-round at the dirt youve known your whole life before descending to the eternal what-have-you.

The record is a re-introduction to Stockers solo output as brotherkenzie; his last release, 2020sBIG WHATclosed the first chapter of the project, whileNathanexplores the afterlife of a creative death. The 12 songs collected here are intended to signify a new brotherkenzie era: one embracing sex and heathen ideals. Even the title vies for blasphemy; Stockers attempt to divorce his first name from its loaded religious meaning and instead take ownership of it. Itd be easy to say its in response to Stockers deeply religious upbringing, but thats too simple instead, its an exercise in what ifs?, leaning into the dark side, interested in exploring what it means to be satanic without ever mentioning a devil or any type of God, or religion by name. Instead, Stocker wonders what happens when you die and are reborn as a demon. When you operate without goodness in mind. Is that a mode for something true? Even if its evil?

Stocker wrote these songs from March to November of 2020. It was isolating in the usual ways for that time, of course, but he was also juggling a number of relationships that were unhealthy for a myriad of reasons. He was stuck in a cycle, unable to escape, and every time he sat down the self-loathing and demons came out. Here he examines that self-destructive tenderness, observant of the way he was then but not fraught over it. Instead, hes like a documentarian of trying times; of what it feels like to grow a new epidermis instead.

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