You know you were born to walk the path of the artist when you are born into it at a young age. Wrapping up coverage for this week we have Days of Wasted Youth, a brand new album from the incredibly talented Brandon Agustus. Hailing from South Florida, Brandon’s musical talent started to develop in his early years as a child. An active participant in choir, dance, and community theater throughout his childhood, Brandon wasn’t able to fully showcase his love and talent for the arts due to being bullied over his different tastes. However, Brandon had no plans to let these bullies crush his dreams and used the negative energy he felt to channel into his creativity. While practicing songwriting from an early age, it wasn’t until he turned 16 that he finally wrote his first song and decided to pick up a guitar when it was time to be serious
Now interested in pursuing a career in music professionally, Brandon Agustus packed up and moved away from Florida to the city where dreams are made, New York City. Now beginning the next stage of his life, Brandon’s view on music was influenced by his new life and officially unlocked his musical creativity. While in NYC Brandon released his debut EP Underneath the (Man)nequin, and used the skills he learned during the process to dive as deep as he could into the world of songwriting. After four years of tenuous by rewarding hard work, Brandon Agustus drops his debut album Days of Wasted Youth for your enjoyment.
“I had tolive a lot of life in order to write an album like this. I had to go even deeper than I did for my EPand I had to get the life experience necessary to authentically carry out the theme of what I trulywanted to say. There were loads of tears to cry, hard work in therapyand doubts along the waybut I made it through stronger and braver than ever and I’m a better artist now than I was then. – Brandon Agustus
When we heard that an artist such as Brandon Agustus wanted to check out his debut album, of course we had to dive into the entire discography. Days of Wasted Youth is an interesting album to say the least, as it shows just exactly how much Brandon has grown as an artist. In comparison to his first official dip into the industry, Days of Wasted Youth has a much more positive and uplifting outlook and tone where Brandon uses Underneath the (Man)nequin, to explore darker sounds that he was more familiar with. While it may be a bit difficult to pinpoint an exact sound for Brandon (which is a good thing!), there are clear influences from 80s and 90s hits that still make those tracks pure earworms to this day. Bordering on classic hip-hop, modern RnB, and dream pop, Brandon runs the gambit and hits almost every single marker he sets up. We need more artists like Brandon Agustus to succeed in adapting the addictive 90s sound into the modern era. While we recommend giving the whole album a shot, make sure you check out “Boys Don’t Cry” and “I Hate This Part”.
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