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The Golden Age Of Apocalypse CD

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Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined ... Read more in Amazon's Thundercat Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brainfeeder
  • ASIN: B0058IA7ZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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BBC Review

Thundercat is bass-playing Los Angeles native Stephen Brunner. If the name's unfamiliar, know that he's played bass for Suicidal Tendencies, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and latterly Flying Lotus (on Cosmogramma). In return, FlyLo is on production duty for The Golden Age of Apocalypse, Brunner's solo debut under this moniker. In addition to Sa-Ra staff, the album features guest luminaries including Erykah Badu, J*DaVeY and Brunner's drummer brother Ronald Jr. Entering Thundercat's world may make you believe the last 30 years didn't happen. Think Roy Ayers, George Duke and Billy Cobham - back we travel. And forwards, too, swathed all the while in pure analogue loveliness.

The record - and it really should be a record, in a big gatefold sleeve - opens in Technicolor cinematic mode. You can almost see the flashing disco lights and dry ice blowing voluminously across the stage: that's Hoooooooo, complete with its seven 'o's. Any fewer would be a crime. The next track, Daylight, is almost impossibly fat and fiddly, a dense slab of sped-up ultra-jazz funkiness cooked up deliberately, surely, to make listeners' heads spin. Song number four asks Is It Love? It's a little early to tell, a question best asked towards the end of the album, but there's certainly a strong attraction in the air. Whatever, it features an impossibly fly bass solo.

No moment is quite like the last. Before the listener knows it, Thundercat deposits them into soft clouds of Fender magnificence, tickles heels with indulgent guitar and soothes brows with an angelic choir or two. The syncopated shuffle of drums on It Really Doesn't Matter to You gets married to blissful harmonies, which in turn are wed to marshmallow synths.

Just close your eyes and picture the cover of Herbie Hancock's 1974 LP Thrust, albeit with Brunner at the controls, and follow his trajectory as he flies that synthesizer spaceship over purple Mayan ruins. Don't worry, you know he'll land safely - but only after you've had a lot of fun along the way. The Golden Age of Apocalypse seems specially made for a long, hot, daydream-filled summer. Here's hoping.

--Colin Buttimer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Fluid, funky and fun! Stephen Brunner, a bass player/composer from
The City Of Angels, turns a mean trick here under his Thundercat alias.
With shades of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock at their mercurial
finest Mr Brunner creates a classy, sassy and jazzy treat across these
13 (actually 12ish, given the ephemeral nature of the brief introductory
jingle 'HooooooO') wildly inventive tracks. It's a treat from top to tail.

Production by FlyLo keeps things bright and breezy; a lucid, luminous
quality pervades the whole project. Pure sunshine captured in a can!
The vocal harmonies (Mr Brunner has a fine voice which sounds perfectly
at home at the upper end of the stave) are juicy; the percussion crisp
and dry; the keyboards and brass by-turns lush and punchy and the bass
guitar playing nothing short of prodigious (listen to sparks fly skyward in the
stunning arrangement 'Is It Love'; the notes fly off the fretboard ten-to-
the-dozen - not since listening to the great Jaco Pastorious have I found
myself so entranced - Mr Brunner is a true master of his instrumental craft!

Above all else this is happy music; an album to induce grins of Cheshire
Cat magnitude! Even when the lights are lowered and the mood softens,
as in the truly beautiful lilting Latin invention 'Seasons', there is still
a soft and glowing golden light pulsing away deep in the heart of the mix.
'Boat Cruise' is another cracker! Despite its relative rhythmic complexity
the string synth and wordless vocals soften the edges to instil a dream-
like ambience which any sleeper would not wish to awake from too quickly.
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By hriddick on 31 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Brunner, AKA Thundercat, has done a wonderful job with The Golden Age Of Apocalypse. Fantastic musicianship is displayed throughout the record, and that combined with exceptional production from Flying Lotus makes for great listening. The duo of Is It Love and For Love I Come are the highlights for me, alongside the summery Walkin'. As a record, it will perhaps take several listens to truly admire the craft behind each track, but for fans of FlyLo and similar artists you'll already know what to expect. Highly recommended, check it out!
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By D. J. Wolfram on 6 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Experimental yes, not for everyone, sure, but if you love vibes and musical exploration, this will hit many spots for you as it did for me.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Furniture and your home on 16 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sorry this is just overwrought and over thought mess of an album. just dragged myself through two listens of this seventys disco/neu jazz carcoffany.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Flawless Debut from a Ridiculously Talented Bassist from Space 3 Sept. 2011
By D. Mitchell Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
At least, I assume he's from space. There is almost no Earthly explanation for the bass lines this man can drop. They're some of the most inventive, jazzy, and all-around coolest riffs I've heard in a while. This album seems like a direct continuation on Flying Lotus' "Cosmogramma," on which Thundercat's skill was heavily utilized. Point being- this is a fantastic album, and if you're a fan of Flying Lotus, you're already a fan of Thundercat even if you didn't know it. This man is a savant on the bass. It would be foolish to avoid buying this album.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An inimitable blend of jazz, funk, electro and awesome 30 Aug. 2011
By Scott Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A sideman no more, Thundercat comes crashing to the fore with a debut that fuses funk, electro and jazz, while working very hard to keep the emotive power of the songs front and center. If you like Prince, Zappa and George Duke, this is your album. And if you like all three you'll likely think it's one of the best albums of the year...and you'd be right.

Standout tracks include:
"Is it Love?"
"Return to the Journey"
"Daylight"
"Boat Cruise"

...but really, there isn't a bad song on this record.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 20 Sept. 2011
By Robert E Leet - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely lush jazzy electronica.
Highly recommended for fans of Madlib, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, and anybody who loves good jazz and/or electronica :)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Golden in 2011 30 Aug. 2011
By Dcool7 - Published on Amazon.com
This one of a few of my highly anticipated albums of 2011. It doesn't disappoint. Fly Lo's Brainfeeder label will be on my radar for a while.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Can't stop listening 3 Oct. 2011
By David Mccullough - Published on Amazon.com
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For all you'll hear about the amazing bass playing (it's phenomenal), the jazz-fusion chops (legit) and the Flying Lotus assist (solid but understated - which I actually mean as a big compliment), Thundercat's vocals and pop sensibilities have kept this on repeat. I bought the mp3s here, but I'm going to grab the vinyl too. It's that good. It's been a long time since I've like a record this much.
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