How to properly listen to a great concept album that takes you on a magical journey?
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
1. Get the best speakers you've got (or the best headphones you've got if you want some privacy)
2. Shut your blinds
3. Close your eyes
4. Press play
5. Start dreaming
Chris Blackwood's self-titled release should be enjoyed using the above mentioned process.
The record is an autobiography that stretches from late childhood to the beginning of adulthood. The three instrumentals, intro, interlude and ending, mark the different stages of one's life, from birth to the confusing middle years, concluding with a bitter ending.
Though the album is highly autobiographical and the musician himself stated that he wanted to be as honest as possible with this record, as it says everything about him and his connection to music, anyone coming of age will find it highly relatable. The 'relatableness' is evident throughout the album, from the child-like running-in-the-fields, carefree See the light, to the teenagery rebellious Quite elude and the somber and fatalist early adulthood portrayal of Farway. If this record was a movie, it would be Boyhood.
Blackwood delivers the (auto)biographical theme of the album through an indie rock, and at times psychedelic, sound. Distorted, fuzzed out guitars and indefatigable vocals are the key musical elements of this release. It all reminds of American indie rockers Fort Lean.
Chris Blackwood's release is for listeners who enjoy albums in an organic way.
The record is over, I am now sitting in silence in the afterglow of music. Repeat!
Chris Blackwood is from Manchester, UK, and has played countless shows in the area. You can listen to his album below.