By virtue of our 2013 trip to SXSW, we’ve had the good fortune of being introduced to some amazing artists based out of the weird wellspring of musical excellence that is Austin, TX. The only way it could get better is if they could find a way to mail us some delicious Mexican or BBQ without it rotting in transit. Sigh, can’t have everything.
Our latest new favorite comes of in the form of Silver Ships, the makeshift bedroom project of multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette. Incorporating and playing drums, bass, organ, electric and acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion and clarinet all by himself, Bessette collaborated with engineer Eric Martinez and assistant producer Kat Hernandez to record his debut full length Songs From A Room That Never Moves entirely on tape.
The album’s lead single, “Summer’s Gone”, is a warm, spritely upswell of heart string pulling nostalgia in the same vein of your favorite Beatle. The artist shares:
“‘Summer’s Gone’ is inspired by the seasons of friendships,” says Bessette of the album’s first single. “I wanted to write something that lauded to a summertime feel, with the minor shifts of troublesome clouds that interrupt the sun’s warmth. I added organ and an underwater piano sound at the end, which I recorded on a small tape player in my living room. It required about 70 takes of trying to hit play at the right time on the little tape deck as the song played.”
Silver Ships’ labor of love leaps out from the moment you press play and is a perfect candidate to highlight anyone’s August playlist. Stream “Summer’s Gone” below and look for Songs From A Room That Never Moves, available September 30th as a double vinyl release.