A new song of mine recently premiered on Vortex. It’s pretty rockin’ (compared to my last couple albums) and features some simple arithmetic lessons and New Wave-y rhythms.
It’s the first of several singles I’ll be releasing throughout 2017. If you dig, please add the song to one of your playlists. That’s the best ways to support the music you like on Spotify.
And here’s the lyric video:
Hope you enjoy!
Ghettoblaster recently premiered the lyric video for “Silently.”
Here’s a few words about the song:
The first thing I always think to say about ‘Silently’ is that it features a guest choir of chickens. Well, not real chickens. Just… the band, doing our best chicken impressions. Because why not? Second, this was definitely my attempt to write something in the vein of the Great American Songbook, back when it was okay to use phrases like ‘quite remiss’ in a pop song. It was a ton of fun to record. Anders (the drummer on the rest of the album) had to leave early, so Rob Stroup, the producer, sat in for this last song, assembling a drum kit out of boxes and kitchen utensils. And the drunken barbershop call-and-response vocals were handled by Rob Stroup and Naomi Hooley hilariously holding their nostrils closed while they sang.
Chickens. Mouth trumpet. Kazoo. Nasal and inebriated backup singers. All fun ways to dress up a sad song about ‘How the heat of desire is akin to a warm winter fire that burns bright, then expires, silently.’ Even though I live in Maine now, I’m usually back in Portland, Oregon every three months or so. On my last trip I went up to Mt. Tabor — an old extinct volcano that overlooks Southeast Portland — and used Hyperlapse to shoot the sky at dusk for this video.
Video Premiere: Chris Robley, “Silently”
Wicked kind words about my song “Veterans Day” from Nooga.com, the website premiering the lyric video for the tune:
There’s something mercurial and surprising about the graceful ebb and flow that washes over you as the song progresses. It’s alternately comforting and riveting. He manages to instill a sense of momentum and weight to these experiences without sacrificing the ebullient swagger that clings to this kind of inclusive pop music.
Listening to “Veterans Day,” it’s easy to forget just how hard it is to fashion this specific pop aesthetic without losing a sense of your identity. But Robley easily draws back the sentiment to showcase the heart and earnest soul of his work. The song’s complexity is subtle—it doesn’t call attention to itself but merely expresses an ocean of feeling with the simplest rhythmic passages. As the song fades away, you’re left with the feeling of having fully lived within another person’s life, even if only for a short while.
Check out the video above.