Songs for the Reverend
A featured artist at Austin's prestigious Davis Gallery, painter Chris Chappell has been lauded by many for his sublime representations of everything from the magical to the mundane. Now his work has a dedicated soundtrack. With "Songs for The Reverend: A Tribute to the Art of Chris Chappell," Colorado musician and Austin native Tim Birchard offers a glimpse of Chappell's art, life and psyche through the lens of his music. Inspired by Chappell's rich portfolio and drawing from his own first-hand accounts of his friendship with Chappell that began nearly 20 years ago, Birchard offers a 12-song collection that weaves and staggers it's way through rock, Indian raga, freak folk, jazz, country, psychobilly, metal, and classical neighborhoods, ending up, quite literally, at Chappell's hall closet door. Birchard's music is often compared to the Flaming Lips, early Beatles, Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett era) and ChromaKey. As reviewed by Nacho, of Spain, on October 23, 2008-- 'Here I send you the opinions of a musical illiterate who could barely understand the lyrics, with the only intention of helping you. Six of the twelve songs, ordered from best to worst: 'Brush Strokes: Extremely relaxing. Original melody. It surprises me, it relaxes me. The rhythm of this song also gives me pleasure. Me gusta todo, MUCHO. 'Will there even be a rainbow? (Part 1): I really love how you are intentionally all the time close to the cacophony in this song but you always end up respecting the rules of the music, which I don´t know well what they are, but I clearly can notice when a song breaks them and when not. 'Will there even be a rainbow? (Part 2): Very original. I don´t like that keyboard solo you play at 00:50 tho. Anyway I love the bizarreness of this song, including the sudden end, which is just extremely elegant. 'Canvas: Hypnotic. Pleasant. I specially enjoy the guitar on the background, but I think the electric guitar solo should be eliminated or toned down some way. Sometimes, some of your solos are too flashy for my taste in this and other songs. 'Fish Tank Blues: The melody and the rhythm sounds too typical to me. I find this song childish. 'Human in my yard: I don´t know well, but I guess it is like the typical melody designed to make happy some female teenagers of the 80´s of some small village in Utah. I don´t like this song at all. It makes me vomit, especially when you go lalala. It makes me hate you. Really.'