Brett Marshall Lefferts
Brett Marshall Lefferts



New Album
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Albums

  • Both | And
  • Dystopia
  • Just Be
  • Resistor
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Songs for Samus
  • Lullabies of the Lost
  • Nothing Ever Was
  • Sonic Sanctuary
  • This is the Sound!
  • Both | And
    Both And on Apple Music
    Both And on Spotify

    "The older I get the more I appreciate the things that connect us rather than the things that set us apart. Playing music, hearing music, dancing to music, and living one's life to music are magical and powerful things. Music can unlock imagination, communicate experience, stimulate emotion, and cultivate empathy in ways that are profound. In that spirit I offer these songs as a background for your life by sharing moments from mine." - BML

    All songs written and performed by BML

    Mastered by Nicky Howard at The Fat Mastering

    Art by David Fuller

  • Dystopia
    dystopia on Apple Music
    dystopia on Spotify

    "Bringing us back into the rich electronic soundscape he calls ’funkfoltronica’, BML’s dystopia is a fountain of emotion littered with precious stones instead of pennies. This new work is his most autobiographical to date and is a solid step forward for this award-winning artist. While the concept of a 'dystopia' (literally ‘anti-utopia’) is harsh and brutal, BML has managed to expose us to his vision of a life gone awry without sending us screaming for the mercy the record’s protagonist craves. dystopia is a haunting soundtrack for a journey to a safe place when there is no safe place to go." - A.J. Jackson

    All songs written and performed by BML with:
    "stircrazy" - solo guitar by Marshall Lefferts - rhythm guitar by Eli Lefferts
    "introvert" - guitars by Michael James
    "the truth" - written by Othoniel Joseph

    Art by David Fuller

  • Just Be
    Just Be on Apple Music
    Just Be on Spotify

    "Just Be is the union of wonder and majesty. As I listen to it while writing this, I am carried along it's pleasing harmonies; I am calmed and yet, encouraged. Just Be resonates within long after I've turned it off and wandered away. It has a way of returning to my mind, not in that annoying 'GET THE BLAHG OUT OF MY HEAD!!' way, but in that reminding, 'Oh yeah, Life is actually pretty cool' way. For me, Brett's music is a foundation of good, pure work. He's managed to create something that is separate from mainstream 'churned-out-multi-million-dollar-deal' music. In that way, it has a certain innocence and simplicity. Yet, there is nothing innocent or simple about it. It is a work which reflects both thought and emotion." - S. A. Vignola

    All songs written and performed by BML with:
    Seth Lefferts - bass on 1, 4, and 5
    Eli Lefferts - bass and electric guitar on 3

  • Resistor

    "The urge to create is paramount, almost primordial. For better or for worse my approach is often reactive, a harmonizing of experiences and intentions. Of late this has yielded an album that reflects my idealization of the chiptune scene. Each song herein has begged, borrowed, or stolen from those in whom I found inspiration; every step of the way taken in fun, patience, and love of music." - BML

    Programmed and performed by:
    Brett Marshall Lefferts - consoles
    Dan Gottesman - drums
    "Peaches en Regalia" and "Sofa" written by Frank Zappa
    "That's Good" and "Snowball" written by DEVO

    Recorded by:
    Colin Wolf at Big Yellow Duck
    James Pertusi at The Kennel
    Mixed and Mastered by:
    Rob Christiansen

    Art by Gideon Kendall

  • Circadian Rhythm
    Circadian Rhythm on Apple Music
    Circadian Rhythm on Spotify

    "I've given Circadian Rhythm a few solid listens now, and I've just got to say it's turned out great. Like the arpeggio that the album starts out with, climbing and falling and repeating - the cyclic nature of organic life is illustrated by condensing a day into 9 tracks. Where modern electronic music relies so much on convention and short attention spans, here is a volume that is best listened to in it's entirety, brimming with unusual notions and orchestrations. Overall, the album's lush organics and digital sparseness really paint an inspiring picture of a day I'll revisit again and again." - Thom Uliasz

    Songs written and performed by:
    Brett Marshall Lefferts
    Jonathan Sorge
    Andrew Kraemer
    "Gymnopédie I-III" composed by Erik Satie

    Art by David Fuller

  • Songs for Samus

    Debut 8 bit EP.

    "The sophomore release Songs for Samus from Seed A.I. hits all the right spots. An inventive array of 8-bit videogame sounds mixed with live drum tracks, this album has instant appeal. The songs are complex in execution, yet simple in delivering the pleasure gained from reaching a new level, a hidden gem, or defeating a mini-boss. This album is the soundtrack for the brightly colored 2D side-scrolling life you’ve wanted ever since you were twelve. Songs for Samus asks us 'What’s wrong with fun?' while taking itself seriously, and that’s exactly what you want from a record of songs written for a deadly girl in a power suit." - A.J. Jackson

    Songs written and performed by:
    Brett Marshall Lefferts - consoles
    Dan Gottesman - drums
    "SheerNES" written by Jonathan Sorge

    Art by David Fuller

  • Lullabies of the Lost
    Lullabies of the Lost on Apple Music
    Lullabies of the Lost on Spotify

    "Imagine if Tron and Depeche Mode collaborated on a ground breaking new electronic music album. It might be cool, it might be strange, but one thing is certain, when compared to Seed A.I.'s new album, Lullabies of the Lost, it would suck. Filled with spiky surprises, but always leaving a smooth satisfying after taste, Lullabies of the Lost is the refreshing release that electronic music fans have long lusted for. Experience a sentient sound that seems to tease and play games with your personal memories. Pushing past the traditional spectrum of computer music, Lullabies of the Lost will both illuminate and shadow, like an optical echo in your mind." - Brendan Dempsey

    All songs written and performed by:
    Brett Marshall Lefferts
    Colin Wolf
    Andrew Kraemer

    Art by Tom Digrazia

  • Nothing Ever Was
    Nothing Ever Was on Apple Music
    Nothing Ever Was on Spotify

    "This EP is the closest I have gotten to reproducing the sounds I hear in my head. It is the music I always wished I were making. Partnering with Scott Daly of Arms & Legs was the best time of my musical life and also the hardest to sustain. We were spoiled as the songs came to us easily and nearly whole. We fed off of each other's creativity night and day, often rotating time on a track as the other slept. It was to be the second time I quit my job to go on the road with Scott, this time to play some of the biggest gigs of my career to date, and ultimately end up in uncertainty. While we may disagree on how it all went down, I'm certain we will always agree on how much we love these songs. The agony and the ecstasy of what was to come are embedded in each and every one." - BML

    All songs written and performed by:
    Scott Daly
    Brett Marshall Lefferts
    Thom Uliasz - drum programming on "Entitled"
    Ian Ainley - bass on "No Prescription"

    Art by James K. Hindle

  • Sonic Sanctuary

    "This album was recorded live at our former headquarters, the ancient Odd Fellows building in Danbury, Connecticut. In its 100 year history, the building was everything from a speakeasy to an artists’ co-op. For our purpose the practice space was our Sonic Sanctuary, a haven where we had total creative freedom to develop these works. As such this album is dedicated to Austé for use of the space and to the old building’s spirit that was channeled into these songs. Burnkit2600 is indebted to our amazing friends and fans for sticking with us and especially Jitka, Jori, and Mei-Ling for their unending support and patience." - Thom Uliasz

    Songs written and performed by:
    Thom Uliasz | Justin Emerson | Brett Marshall Lefferts
    "For RDJ" written by Richard D. James

    Tracks 1,2,4,5,6 and 7 are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

    Art by Burnkit2600

  • This is the Sound!

    This album came together out of songs written for the 2008 Bent Festival in NYC. All instruments used are lo-fi video game hardware and circuit bent toys.

    "I will say just two words: UNCONDITIONALLY INSPIRATIONAL." - little-scale

    "It is INCREDIBLE. Everything is perfect - the art is stunning. And the sound is so gritty and organic in ways. Moreover, I love the fact that you've really explored the depths and sounds of your instruments, but not to the detriment of the music itself. Indeed, the musicality of this release is beautiful. And there is an atmospheric quality that often gets lost in the dryness of a lot of [other chiptune releases], punctuated, in this case, by zombie howls, heavily layered sounds and a great balance of glitchy, bent noises." - cloud sparrow

    "'Call of the Final Five'... F***ing TUNE OF THE WEEK!" - akira||8GB

    All songs written and performed by:
    Thom Uliasz | Justin Emerson | Brett Marshall Lefferts

    Art by Burnkit2600

Notes: Both | And

Notes: Both | And

In 2013 I packed up my studio in order to turn the room into a nursery. It was a paradigm shift: routines changed, chapters ended, and a world that had seemed in black and white suddenly sprang into color. Music was firmly in the back seat in order to make room for our growing family, move across the world, and build a life in a new country.

I consolidated my favorite studio gear into a portable rig I set up in each of the places we lived. It was liberating to have easy access to my instruments and focus on having fun with them rather than trying to produce something of value. I would turn on the system late at night, lit by the glow of blinking LEDs, and lose myself recording looping soundscapes. I collaged with the material, making sense of events or feelings in my life through my homemade loop library.

Originally I had no intention to make an album out of it. Over the years I have tried unsuccessfully to get things through music, seeking approval, validation, money, or to escape the tyranny of dead-end jobs and a normal life. In the end my responsibilities and neuroses always caught up and robbed me of what I thought I so desperately needed.

However, then as now, no matter how many times I put my instruments down, I inevitably feel compelled to pick them back up again. The baggage I have around music is pervasive, but it is not the full picture. When I feel inspired to play, none of that stuff matters. Music doesn't require a reason to be or have any goals to fulfill, it is enough in itself. I need music in my life because it is one of the few healthy coping mechanisms I have.
Bio
Bio


Brett Marshall Lefferts is an American electronic musician currently based in Prague. He began musical study as a classical flutist, later picked up guitar, and eventually found solace in gritty synths and low-fi beats.

Over the years Brett has been involved in a number of bands, notably as a founding member of the music/hardware-hacking/art collective Seed A.I. Their best known work consisted of reprogrammed vintage video game consoles accompanied by acoustic drums performed by Dan Gottesman.

One of Brett's most exciting collaborations was with Scott Daly of Arms & Legs. In Arms & Legs Brett infused a new degree of danceability and lust for life into Scott's hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful lyrics. They filled out their stage show with a bassist and two battling drummers, ultimately travelling together as far as China.

Brett's longest partnership was with Thom Uliasz and Justin Emerson in Burnkit2600, a rare electronic power trio. Burnkit2600 carved a niche for itself in the circuit-bending and chiptune underground by merging noise-music and freeform jams with electro-pop sensibilities. Additionally the band provided free information and tutorials to demystify their baffling instruments and encourage others to join in the fun.