Birocratic – “Dead Cat in the Parking Lot”



New Jersey-based producer Brandon Rowan crafts atmospherically rich music under the name Birocratic. His recent EP, Replaced, was written during a transitional period, as he split time between college in NYC and at his family’s home in Cape May, NJ. As stated, the release’s tracks “mark a dynamic evolution in his approach to production and form a body of work that unfolds like a flower in time-lapse.”

You may have heard Rowan’s material in a Buzzfeed video before (his tunes have appeared in videos like “Life Hacks Your Mom Wants You To Know” and “6 Foods You’re Eating Wrong”), where he has technically had his music heard by millions. It’s not difficult to see why Buzzfeed selected his music; Rowan crafts the sort of easy-listening electronica that glistens with relevant samples, with his stunning new track “Dead Cat in the Parking Lot” reminding me of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and 1996 release Smoochy specifically, with the tranquil bird chirping and nature-setting combining with lush electronic trickles, wind chimes, and evolving key-laden melodies for pure ear candy. Boards of Canada also comes to mind.

Stream the rest of Birocratic’s Replaced EP below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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