Announces new Jay-Som produced album Doom Singer
Watch the video for lead single‘Cosmic Leash’
Doom Singer out 4th August via Polyvinyl
UK tour dates in September
Today beloved and prolific songwriter Chris Farren announces his incredible new album, Doom Singer, out on August 4 via Polyvinyl. Farren made his name recording with Jeff Rosenstock in Antarctigo Vespucci and now-defunct Floridian punk band Fake Problems, but all work under his own name has been created by Farren in self-described “miserable” isolation…until now. Doom Singer was produced, engineered and mixed by multi-instrumentalist/producer, and Jay Som mastermind Melina Duterte (who also performs on the record) in her Atwater Village studio. It was also written entirely with live drummer Frankie Impastato, and features Rosenstock on the occasional bass and saxophone. “Looking back on those records… I have no good memories of making them,” Farren says of his previous solo output. “It’s always been a lonely, doubt-ridden process.” This new, collaborative method breathes new life into Farren’s songs, which are huge, cathartic, catchy as hell, and inspired by what Farren describes as the “sixties-tinged girl group vibe.” And the result is as genuine, empathetic, and of course, funny, as Farren is, and though he claims nihilistic tendencies, it’s the dogged optimism that shines through.
To celebrate the album announcement, Chris Farren is sharing the lead single ‘Cosmic Leash’ alongside a ‘ground-breaking’ music video. Leaving behind the anxiety that caused him to agonize over every minute detail of his past work, Farren “wanted to open these songs up, make them less frenetic, and not feel the pressure to cram every moment,” he says. You hear that impulse on lead single ‘Cosmic Leash’, which opens with a wall of sound that careens to a halt, as Farren delivers his interlude over the slight strumming of a guitar. That sense of reprieve lasts only a moment, before the enormous chorus shreds through the silence as Farren wails: “Change your heart/ Wait your turn.” Farren says,“‘Cosmic Leash’ is about fighting the urge to romanticize the past but inevitably succumbing to the sentimental rot of nostalgia. Also, the song kicks ass.”
Chris Farren UK Tour Dates 2023Aug 29 – Exchange, Bristol, UK Aug 30 – Yes Pink Room, Manchester, UK Aug 31 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK Sep 01 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, UK Sep 02 – The Lexington, London, UK Sep 03 – Le Pub, Newport, UK Sep 04 – Port Mahon, Oxford, UK Sep 05 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
Chris Farren – Doom Singer album tracklist:
1. Bluish2. All We Ever 3. Get Over U 4. Only U 5. Doom Singer 6. Screensaver 7. First Place 8. My Beauty 9. Cosmic Leash 10. Statue Song
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.