Denver, Colorado’s Brian Bourgalt, otherwise known as Borgo, has announced a brand new album, titled Be Kind, to be released on April 13. The Poke Around has the premier of the record’s title track for you to check out below.
But first, you should hear witness to the inspirational story that comprises the creation of this album. In 2005, Bourgualt was diagnosed with an untreatable neurological disease that severely limited his mobility. Despite this, he never lost his passion for making music, and returned last year with a determination to write and record a full length album. With only a Mac computer with at his operable disposal, Borgo composed songs off of drum beats and sounds on MIDI, then took his creations into the studio with a group of musicians, as well as producer Marc Benning, and did what some might’ve considered impossible. He made a record, and a darn good one at that.
Be Kind is a colorful, catchy, and seriously soulful body of songs, with intricate instrumentation and songwriting that make some tracks soothing, feel-good ballads, and others outright danceable grooves. Powering these sounds are the talents of some pretty cool players from around the scene that went into the studio with Borgo. Leftover Salmon’s Erik Deutsch lent his keyboard work to the project, along with Kyle Hollingsworth Band’s Dan Schwindt on guitar, Frank Zappa’s saxophonist Dwight Bement, and Denver drummer Carl Sorensen. Borgo meanwhile leads with his beautiful singing voice alongside Kim Dawson of Pimps of Joytime and Tanya Shylock (formerly of The Motet).
But it’s not only the music that shines. Given the amazing resolve and determination that went into taking on this effort, it’s no surprise that Borgo’s songs are beaming with wisdom and thoughtfulness. His lyrics, which radiate positivity while also expressing some of the hardships he’s faced, translate simple yet extraordinary messages from his own experiences to the listener. About the album’s title track, Borgo says:
“Be Kind” was originally going to be called “Be Strong”, written as a message to myself. The first line of the song is ‘Be strong for yourself, and everyone else’, that is how I was feeling at the time, it was a push to keep myself moving forward with the project. When we were mixing the song I realized that there is more to it than that, the message is really to ‘be kind’. You never know what someone is going through, so always try to be kind.”
Take a listen to “Be Kind” below, and keep your ears and your soul pricked for when the album drops on April 13.
Article by Miles Hurley