The Great Northwest is a collection of artists/friends that all share in common their love for music, parties and appreciation for Brian Coates compositions (this is basically his project). After an endless party tour between Portland and New York, Brian is finally releasing his debut album titled The Widespread Reign of the Great Northwest, out on Kora Records on July 29th.
Encouraged to continue writing music by Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor, Brian has created a solid album that sets in instantly and provides an endless trip over similar melodies. This is actually quite ambiguous; some may be put off by the lack of diversity in the album while others (like myself) will enjoy the trip as an escape route from your everyday thoughts. His music can be characterized as ambient rock and is based on smooth rock melodies, haunting vocals and small doses of depression bass. The other thing that instantly strikes you on this record is how easily the music becomes familiar to you, even from the first couple of tracks. It may not be a ground-breaking rock album, but it is one that most people will enjoy and a promising start that we will be waiting to see how it will progress. Once you hear Chief John you’ll get a clear idea of what I’m talking about..