Downes Braide Association (DBA) release a lyric video for “Warm Summer Sun” taken from their album “Halcyon Hymns” out now on CD/DVD and 2xLP White Vinyl album released on March 26, 2021. Watch the video for “Warm Summer Sun” below:
Christopher Braide says about the track: “The beautiful piano part that Geoff came up is full of yearning and that inspired me to write a melody and lyric which were both melancholy and dream like. When I was writing the words, I pictured a similar room and burning log fire as is depicted in the ABBA song ‘Like An Angel Passing Though My Room’. A song I’ve always loved. Marc Almond heard the rough of Warm Summer Sun and loved it so much he called me and suggested we sing it together as a duet. His voice was the icing on the cake and added another layer of pathos.”
Geoff Downes adds: “When I sent the original idea of ‘Warm Summer Sun’ to Chris, I was wondering if it was enough for him to get a handle on turning it into an actual song. Really, it was just what I considered to be a pretty nice chord sequence, above which I suggested the simplest, albeit poignant melodies in a very slow meter. What I was not expecting was how, rather than adding other sections, Chris managed to turn it around using one of his cunning devices. This was achieved by alternately changing the keys between a verse and a chorus with slight variations, thus keeping the flow of the song but also retaining the interest. The result is a sombre, sedate feel – largo in musical terms, but at the same time joyously uplifting. Having Marc contributing and syncing in with Chris’s harmonies so beautifully is really the icing on the cake. To me, it exemplifies how as songwriters we can sometimes show, that less is more.”
Halcyon Hymns is the fifth DBA collaboration and follows their previous critically-acclaimed studio albums “Pictures of You” (2012), “Suburban Ghosts” (2015) and “Skyscraper Souls” (2017). The duo have also released “Live In England” (2019) recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, in 2018.
About Downes Braide Association
Downes Braide Association was formed as a studio-based project by Geoff Downes and Chris Braide and has already produced three acclaimed studio albums: Pictures Of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015) and Skyscraper Souls (2017) together with a live album Live In England (2019). The project draws on Downes’ and Braide’s rich musical heritage to create a delightfully accessible brand of progressive rock.
British singer-songwriter-pianist Chris Braide has recently returned to UK shores after many years based in California. He enjoys enormous success writing and producing music for film scores, advertising campaigns and working closely with artists including Sia – he co-wrote Music from her new album, Toni Braxton, Lana Del Rey, Marc Almond, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Chris also co-wrote the music with Hans Zimmer and Sia for “Seven Worlds One Planet” – David Attenborough series. He has won an Ivor Novello Award and was nominated for a Grammy.
Keyboard wizard Geoff Downes was thrust into the limelight with the worldwide success of “Video Killed The Radio Star” in 1979. The single topped the charts chart in 16 countries for The Buggles duo of Geoff and Trevor Horn (vocals, bass guitar). They briefly joined Prog legends YES before became a founder member of the supergroup Asia with YES guitarist Steve Howe, ELP drummer Carl Palmer and the late John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar).
The Wetton-Downes composition “Heat Of The Moment” became a world-wide hit in 1982 heralding many years of success for Asia with their FM radio-friendly brand of Rock. Downes later returned to YES in 2012 and remains with the band alongside Steve Howe.
Pre-order the 2LP White Vinyl out March 26, 2021 throug DBA Official Website: https://downesbraide.co.uk/
Read our Review of the album here: