2019 May 15 • Wednesday
new Chris Moore record!
It begins with the title track, a lush and lovely
song that sounds intimate and vulnerable to me,
as most of Moore's work is in some way. "Imagination won't
run dry / Save your comments 'til I'm through / I've
taken hits before / Same as you."
It has a quality of uplifting melancholy. Life is
a balance of the potential and the actual, what we
dream and what we do. A song like this helps you to keep going.
And if you need energy, the next song, "Boost", has it
for you. It's a driving rocker that'll make you want to
get out there and run. Chris's soaring and sometimes doubled
vocals alternate with inspired electric guitar solos over some
pleasantly surprising chord changes.
"Threads" is another lush piece, with numerous layers,
including flute and strings, a pop masterpiece in waltz time.
Incredibly, with the exception of the flute on this track,
Chris Moore and Gary Langol played all the instruments on this release.
The cover art is by him, too. In addition to being an
amazing drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter he's also
a brilliant artist. I have several pieces of his in my home.
Sunday Painter is an EP, so it's only five songs.
But these five songs are fantastic.
"I've been climbing the walls all day / And I've yet to travel far",
Chris sings on "Late Entry", which is maybe a Neil Youngish
sort of song that creates a deep and relaxed groove that's nonetheless
propulsive and haunting.
The last song, "Strung Along", begins with sombre electric guitar arpeggios
and more lyrics about taking stock of one's place in life: "Some wear and tear /
Yeah, we all got stories / About last night's battle / How it should have been glory".
This one is stripped down and exposed, just guitar and voice. It's also really short,
just about a minute and a half.
It's the perfect coda to this gem of an ablbum, though. Like everything
Chris Moore does, this is heartfelt, powerful and always worth the wait.