Boomkat Product Review:
"Harmoni-Pet Deluxe is the debut release from Texas-based Melting Season, a musical enterprise that can only be described as a one-man-band with the qualifier that the man has twelve arms. With piles of instruments, field recordings, dollar-store props and vocal wizardry, Bruce Blay, the man behind the music, has created an album that evokes Animal Collective, Bibio and making out with your imaginary friend. Adopting a self-described “anything-goes” mentality, choosing spontaneity over recommended guidelines, the album was recorded in pseudo-solitary at home during a time when he was particularly far away from his usual musical playmates. The sounds of ukulele, drums, autoharp, kalimba, bells and a menagerie of others ebb, flow, clap and stomp, heralding the coming of a genre all its own. Part psych-folk, part woodsy-self-revelation and part aural design, Harmoni-Pet Deluxe was written as inspired by camping adventures, beach parties, and climbing trees... and it most certainly sounds like it. Heralding from the Dallas, Texas that spaghetti westerns are made of, Melting Season is a multi-layered head-trip. A drummer from a young age and a practically-everything-else-ist from only slightly after that, Bruce Blay first came to prominence with the band Sleep Whale. His contributions on guitar, bass, violin, percussion and field recordings gave their music a sound that was described as a beautiful, somber patchwork and compared to The Books and Stars Of The Lid. Working on his own for the first time and expanding his arsenal to include kalimba, harp, noise makers, and most importantly saturated multi-tracked vocals, Melting Season was born. The layered approach to building sounds is borne of a diverse resume of experiences. Whether gaining his philosophy degree, cliff-jumping, wandering around Europe, recording bird sounds in Chile, working for the Crow Collection of Asian Art, or finding inspiration in weeping philosophers, comic books, and cats, this mad scientist of sound and emotion is an exploding musical alloy."