There’s been a certain beefing up of the roots-rock genre of late that is likely headlined by the recent successes of Strand of Oaks. Incendiary guitar solos and soulful keys are currently en vogue set up by more traditional acoustic constructions.
Count songwriter Andre Chyrs as another artist who knows how to take dial up the right sonic accoutrements to underscore the emotional weight to his work. His latest opus, Window To Nowhere, is a gritty, Uncle Tupelo-esque rocker wherein Chrys spins yarns of love and loss. The title track is imminently relatable to anyone who has moved to a big city as the artist explains:
“I have a room at home where I do most of my writing and recording. It has a window that looks out onto the wall of the house right next to mine. It’s East Van, and the houses are built really close to each other. I’m not even sure why they put the window in the room in the first place. It’s literally a window to nowhere. I’m trying to capture that desperate, out-on-a-ledge feeling you get when the walls are closing in around you. I’m sure that most people who live in shoebox-sized digs in Vancouver can relate.”
As someone who rents a closet in Brooklyn, I totally feel him there. Stream Andre Chrys’ “Window To Nowhere” below and look for the LP out vinyl, CD, and digital download on October 15th.