Jonathan Bree Releases His Fourth Studio Album After The Curtains Close

After The Curtains Close sees the producer's trademark orchestral pop evolve over his fourth album

The masked New Zealand-based chamber pop auteur shares his time between running the successful record label Lil Chief Records, which boasts a roster including the likes of Princess Chelsea, The Ruby Suns and his previous band The Brunettes, whilst simultaneously recording and producing his own material.

In 2018, Jonathan released his third studio album Sleepwalking which was heralded as "Bree's masterstroke", and critically praised as "exactly that kind of masterpiece that is a product of somebody who drinks, eats, and sleeps music".

Now, two years later, Bree is unveiling his next full-length release. In what could be described as his 'break-up' album, the singer deals with the break-down of a major relationship over the course of the record, coming to terms with his emotion and loss, later juxtaposed with relief and happiness.
Bree’s vocals are on display in a full range of styles throughout the record, including first single Waiting on The Moment. Dubbed "a break-up song you can dance to", the track is a celebration of heartbreak and one that explores optimism in moving on and acting on your sense of loss set to a grand and danceable '80s pop arrangement. Bree also makes use of our Waves Audio Plates Plugin on the track to achieve its distinct, psychedelically-tinged chamber pop sound.

In The Sunshine, has Bree sounding his most vulnerable yet, both suspicious and hopeful about a lover's reconciliation. The track is embellished with washes of dreamscape synths, strings, and textures that transport you to a nostalgic, dream-like state of mind. Bree also celebrates new romantic encounters on gorgeously orchestrated pop songs (Heavenly Vision, Kiss My Lips feat Princess Chelsea, 69 feat Crystal Choi), showcasing his talent for writing for the female lead vocal that has not been so obviously on display since his work with The Brunettes.

Photo Credit: Ljubov Dzuzhynska

We were thrilled that Jonathan mastered the full project at Abbey Road alongside mastering engineer Frank Arkwright.

Bree's After The Curtains Close has been released on Lil' Chief Records and is available across all streaming platforms now.