Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different musical styles like items of clothing, looking to find what fits. But there are others that emerge fully formed, in full command of their craft, their identity and their music. Tim Brantley fits squarely in the latter category. His first album, Goldtop Heights, is a captivating debut that heralds the arrival of a significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, yet still fresh and distinctive.
A Georgia boy who grew up in Loganville, near Decatur, Tim played piano as a child, but didn’t get serious about music until he began composing songs and performing at local coffee shops and bars in his early 20s. Friends were so impressed with what they heard that they chipped in to help Tim buy a microphone and mixing console so he could begin recording in earnest. The result was an exciting blend of pop and rock that channels musical influences like Hall & Oates, Wilco, and Fleetwood Mac while defining a distinctive style all its own.
The warmth and timelessness of Tim’s own songs quickly resonated with listeners, and pretty soon he was playing bigger shows for bigger audiences in and around Atlanta. In 2009, indie label Blackledge Records released his self-produced debut album, Goldtop Heights, a commanding and infectious mix of 70’s pop rock, Atlanta grit, and Brantley-style wistfulness. From the very opening notes of the album’s first single “Damage,” one can immediately hear that combination of melodic irresistibility and lyrical incisiveness that are becoming the musician’s hallmarks.