‘Kintsugi’: Crafting Musical Wholeness from the Fragments of Genre

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

San Antonio’s very own Americana maestro, Brandon Padier, accompanied by the dynamic ensemble Black Gold, is set to captivate the music world with his fourth studio opus, “Kintsugi.” This landmark album marks a debut collaboration with his band, promising a mosaic of sound as eclectic and golden as the art form it’s named after.

Single Release: “Still Learning” – November 17 | Album Drop: “Kintsugi” – December 15

Padier, known for his robust country timbre and sharp-witted lyrics, weaves a tapestry of tunes ranging from the soulful echoes of singer-songwriters to the electric vibes of jam bands, the raw edge of grunge, and even the shimmering allure of disco.

“Still Learning,” the lead single, is a jubilant ode to revival, a Lazarus note in a symphony of rebirth that encapsulates the album’s spirit of growth. The full album, “Kintsugi,” arrives December 15, featuring not only the talents of Black Gold—Cameron Condreay (drums), Jordan Stern (keys, pedal steel), Griffin Young (bass)—but also guest artistry from San Antonio’s finest, including Cooper Greenberg of Favorite Son (guitar) and Isa Paillao of Chavela (vocals).

The “Kintsugi” journey is an auditory healing process, akin to the Japanese craft of beautifying the broken. It’s an invitation to find self-love through loss, with each track a step on the path to a grander self.

From the soul-stirring “Love is Hell” to the introspective “Population: One,” the album veers through moods and genres, culminating in anthems like “Dead Weight,” reminiscent of the legendary jams of The Grateful Dead and The Band.

Brandon Padier doesn’t just perform; he ensnares with a sound that’s both grand and intimate, his vocal prowess likened to Sturgill Simpson and Garth Brooks. Yet, it's his sardonic pen that etches the deepest, recalling the lyrical ingenuity of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

Texas Public Radio lauds, “comfortably reminiscent, yet completely original.”

“Kintsugi” will grace all streaming platforms on December 15, not just as an album, but as a revival.

Catch the Magic Live:

  • 11/16 - Legacy Park
  • 11/18 - Gruene Light
  • 11/21 - Geraldine’s
  • 11/25 - Desert Door Sotol Distillery
  • 12/22 - Armadillo Den
  • 1/7/24 - Lonesome Rose (Album Release Show)


Explore the artistry at Brandon Padier’s website and follow the journey on Instagram: @brandonpadiermusic and @blackgoldsatx.