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Brave is a sword song. Writing it made me feel armed to face my lesser self. Because becoming a better version of myself requires taking account of the painful missteps along the way and fighting the anguish of facing them. And to ultimately (and hopefully) come out better than who I was before. Taller and stronger. This is the highest achievement a human being can hope for, everything else is secondary.

In conjunction with the song, Kelly will release a new “Brave” t-shirt today with a design featuring his handwritten lyrics. All proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to MusiCares.
The new song adds to a breakthrough series of years for Kelly, whose most recent project, Dirt Emo Vol. 1, was released this past fall via Rounder Records (stream/purchase here). Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the eight-song release consists of Kelly’s favorite songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities” featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, a live cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” and new versions of The Carter Family’s “Weeping Willow” and Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”
Kelly’s version of “All Too Well” was released to widespread critical praise and garnered attention from Swift herself. Billboard declared, “Kelly puts his own haunting spin on the track with yearning vocals, delicate percussion and soaring instrumentation,” while UPROXX praised, “his rendition is a beautiful tribute to the raw emotionality of the original. He makes the song his own with atmospheric instrumentals, replacing Swift’s driving percussion with drums that sound more soft and searching.”
The EP follows the release of Kelly’s critically acclaimed, full-length debut album, Dying Star, in the fall of 2018 . Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star landed on several “Best of 2018” lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.”

Ruston Kelly performing Brave. © 2020 Rounder Records., Distributed by Concord.

In March, Rhino will reissue Marillion‘s 1994 album “Brave” as a 4CD+Blu-ray deluxe edition and a 5LP vinyl set. Following the release of last year’s remixed expansion of Misplaced Childhood, neo-prog rockers Marillion are jumping ahead to one of their top albums of the 1990s to reissue: 1994’s Brave, this was their seventh album.

Brave was the third Marillion album with vocalist Steve Hogarth, who replaced Fish as frontman in early 1989. A stark departure from 1991’s Holidays In Eden, their most pop-centric album, Brave told the story (based on actual events) of a girl discovered by police on England and Wales’ Severn Bridge with no memory of how she got there. Recorded over nearly a year in a French castle, the location – including recordings of nearby caves for ambience – contributed to the album’s drawn-out sense of unease. (The original vinyl edition offered two possible endings to the story, thanks to a set of double grooves on the fourth and final side.)

The deluxe set with the optical discs features a brand new stereo remix by Steven Wilson, the original 1994 mix by Dave Meegan, and two CDs of “Live At La Cigale” performance from ’94. The audio has been newly remixed by Michael Hunter, and features a performance of Brave in its entirety. This is now the complete performance as it has been expanded with nine unreleased tracks. The full performance of Brave from this set originally appeared on the double live set Made Again in 1996, and is now expanded to feature all the material apart from the album the band played that day. Additional Blu-ray extras include It All Began with the Bright Light, a new documentary on the album; three promo videos and “The Great Escape (Spiral Remake),” the dour album closer featured on the second groove of the vinyl version. (The accompanying 50-minute film for the album will unfortunately not be included.)

The blu-ray contains 96/24 audio of Steven Wilson’s remix of the album in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, as well as promo videos for the album’s singles and a new documentary about the album that includes concert footage and interviews with the band. The 5LP vinyl box contains the Steven Wilson stereo mix on the first two records and the live performance on the remaining three LPs.

Both the CD/Blu-ray and vinyl versions of Brave are accompanied by illustrated booklets that recount the story behind the album. Brave will be reissued on 9th March 2018