After launching the Brainwaltzera name in 2016 under a shroud of mystery on SoundCloud, the still-anonymous artist is looking to get personal.
Since his debut full-length Poly-Ana was included in our top 10 albums of the year, Brainwaltzera has hardly made himself scarce. He followed up in 2017 and 2018 with six EPs, maintaining a clip of one EP per year in the years since. His long-awaited follow up album ITSAME comes with the promise of an intimate look at the enigmatic artist, inspired by “navigating the turbulent waters of personal crossroads with cautious optimism for an uncertain future.”
Where his interests spread from electronica revivalism to nostalgic takes on ambient and braindance in the past, ITSAME absolutely sprawls with seventeen tracks that were given the space to be reshaped and inspired by events during composing. Opening with a workout of jittery breaks on the title track, Brainwaltzera settles into a heartfelt, reflective lane as he explores spacious post-rock (‘PROVE UR NOT A ROBOT’), ominous electronica (‘re: laps (roll with iD)’), and entrancing fingerpicked acoustic guitar interludes (‘PROVE UR NOT A ROWBOAT [SKIPPER]’). While Poly-Ana had no shortage of introspection, ITSAME unabashedly balances futuristic technical vision with emotive melodies, bringing us closer to knowing the enigmatic Brainwaltzera while continuing to live in a mystery of his design.