With his heady, intricately woven tracks and ominously funky live performances, Bruno Pronsato is one of techno’s most intriguing artists. His signature romantic-techno sound is full of contradictions: abstract but organic, sexy but drab, and though most of his records could easily stir a dance floor, they exist purely for themselves, never compromised for club potential.
In 2006, after years playing drums in punk bands, Bruno moved from Seattle to Berlin to concentrate on electronic music full time, and it wasn’t long before he made a name for himself. His debut 12" was released in 2003 on Orac, a Kompakt distributed label, and was followed the next year by a full-length album, Silver Cities. By 2005, Bruno’s live performance—an unusually nimble and improvisatory act—began receiving praise from XLR8R, The Wire, and dozens of underground European zines. It also piqued the interest of Ricardo Villalobos and Perlon boss Zip, who invited Bruno to play in their laptop super-group, Narod Niki. Around this time, Bruno formed a duo with Sammy Dee called Half Hawaii. The pair played at venues around Europe and international festivals like Mutek and DEMF, and released records on Perlon and Hello? Repeat. But Bruno’s real breakthrough came in 2007 when he released Why Can’t We
Be Like Us, a strange and beautiful album that received a 5/5 from Resident Advisor (and inclusion at #82 in its Top 100 Albums of the '00s list), that secured Bruno’s position as one of techno’s most imaginative and virtuosic artists.
In 2009, Bruno started his own label, thesongsays. It was partly a matter of necessity; he needed an imprint for his most ambitious work yet, a 38-minute epic called The Make Up
The Break Up (which made use of Nico's "It Was A Pleasure Then" in a rare moment of sampling), so he decided to simply release it himself. Possibly his best work to date, The Make Up The Break Up received a deluge of praise upon its release, including another 5/5 review from Resident Advisor.
Further explorations culminated in 2011's his next LP, Lovers Do, which was again met with widespread acclaim. Pitchfork heralded it a "massive and striking statement," awarding it with an 8.1 score. In Resident Advisor's 4.5/5 review, they marveled that the album had "a way of slowly enveloping a space until everything else just feels inconsequential." Exclaim! remarked that "his unique voice and skillfully produced compositions place him in a league all his own."
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