CHRIS VELAN - AMATEUR HOUR
RELEASE DATE : SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
For what became his latest album, Amateur Hour, Chris Velan began writing songs about a relationship, complete with the emotional fare of desire, love, resentment and pain. But he soon realized that the relationship he was exploring was the one with himself. And he was breaking up.
The resulting collection of songs plays out like a series of competing monologues in a one-act play where the characters are locked in a room and forced to respond to unexpected news; that whatever they believed to be true of themselves was not.
The album was recorded over a winter week in Chris’ country studio with a stalwart Montreal crew: Bucky Wheaton on drums, Mishka Stein on bass, Michael Feuerstack on guitar and pedal steel, Max Henry on keys, Sara Johnston on backing vocals and Tom Mennier on piano.
The snowy, pastoral setting did nothing to temper what is at its heart a vital-sounding, pop-rock record of hooky, sometimes firey and bombastic, tracks. Adroitly produced and recorded by Rod Shearer, Amateur Hour achieves a low-humming, thrilling point of humanness that spans bare-bone ballads and cascading free-for-alls.
One is left with the distinct sense that this time around, Velan is gleefully participating in his own dismantling, anxious to explode into his own, joyful splinters.
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Chris Velan, has always been crossing borders with his brand of world music-influenced, singer-songwriter pop. Drawing comparisons to the smart, genre-mixing writing of Neil Finn, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon, Velan has toured throughout North America with festival performances at The Lincoln Center, Sundance Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and Osheaga.
As a producer, he has worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Haitian music collective, Lakou Mizik.
Velan’s single, "Un-American Gothic", from his sixth album Glow, was in CBC Radio 2's Top 100 Songs List for 2016.
AMATEUR HOUR TRACKLIST
01 All Time Record
02 You Can Talk
03 Everything I Have Is Stolen
04 Amateur Hour
05 Cola Wars
06 Only One
07 The Holdout
08 Danger Dreaming
09 Night Caller
10 Black Eye
11 I Was Born To Leave You *
12 You Never Happened *
* bonus track
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