Growing up, Paolo Brian cut his teeth on the traditional. However, this multi-instrumentalist’s musical inclinations are far from conventional. A classically trained pianist and Royal Conservatory graduate, Paolo traded in his orthodox ivories in order to create his own brand of personal and melody-rich pop music.
Before long, his penchant for the Beach Boys and the Beatles blossomed into more than just home-made mix tapes and in 2011 Paolo self-recorded and released his first solo album Blue and Gold. His music’s distinct balance of poetic and punchy earned him gigs at cafes and bars across Vancouver and a loyal following of fans eager to hear more of Paolo’s lively lyrical narrative.
Since then, Paolo has added several more releases to his catalogue, played keyboards on “This is the Shoes” Bust EP (2013) and become the bass player for Vancouver chamber pop sextet “The Ruffled Feathers”.
For his latest release, Paolo has re-united with producer and engineer Mike Southworth to create his most lush and cohesive EP to date. “Tunnel Vision” is an exploration of identity via memory, longing and transition. Its sound blends classic bands like the Beach Boys and the Zombies with the modern influences of Ben Folds and Andy Shauf.
“Tunnel Vision” contemplates how to gain perspective on a nebulous future and learn from the past. The title song “Tunnel Vision” asks “will the sun ever rise?” while the closing track “Colourblind” answers with “open your eyes” and have faith.