London singer-songwriter Bruno Major specializes in a retro soul, peppered with pop touches and backed by almost sci-fi-sounding flights of electro-jazz. Even his piano- and guitar-playing evoke Motown as if produced by Timbaland with an eye toward club remixes, with a new full-length called A Song for Every Moon that has enabled him to sell out headline gigs at the Echo in L.A. and Brooklyn’s Elsewhere. The genesis of the album came from Major’s determination to write, record, and release one fully realized song per month, for a full year, and the result plays more like a greatest-hits collection than an all-new record, with each track constructed as if it was the lead single.
“Albums are generally recorded within a smaller time frame, and that helps lend them an identity as a whole and gives the tracks a feeling that they’re siblings, sonically,” says Major in a press release. “The big challenge for me has been to make sure there’s a link through all of these songs, because I’ve changed as a musician over the year.” Having scored 40 million streams of the record (with a video recently uploaded for the track “Just the Same”) Major is on a 14-date North American tour that will bring him to the Casbah on February 24.