Marlin Fisher

Henry Chadwick

Independent release, 2018

http://www.henrychadwick.net

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 05/24/2019

Though this is the debut album from the California troubadour Henry Chadwick, the multifaceted songwriter sounds like a seasoned vet here as he recruits influences old and new to this timeless  rock 'n' roll formula. While his formative years were spent playing in pop-punk bands (My Stupid Brother), and more recently he sat behind the drum kit for The Coffis Brothers And The Mountain Men, these days he's looking back to the '60s for inspiration, where garage rock sensibilities can't be ignored and his hooks are nothing to spit at, either. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

“Cupid” starts the album with a snappy, infections pop flavored tune that's part indie pop, part retro-rock, and a whole lot of fun. The more subdued and charming “Bag Of Chips” follows. Elsewhere, “Change” brings us a swift indie rock gem that takes nods the early 2000s, while “Peace & Quiet” recruits a dreamy setting with fantastic, intricate guitar work amid the hazy atmosphere.

The second side is equally irresistible, with The Beatles influenced, jangly sounds of “I Can Stick Around,” the spacey  exploration of “Something Wrong,” which uses effects to his advantage on an introspective tune, and the acoustic strumming of “Every Night” that builds into a fiery pop-rocker with crashing percussion. “Bless Up Vibe Out” ends the affair with warbly textures on the instrumental closer, where Chadwick trades vocals for ambience.

This is a record with an endless supply of hooks, melodies, and clever wordplay (and it is available physically as a record only). Chadwick penned all the tunes here, played the bulk of the instruments on them, and has found quite a bit of much deserved success because of it. Though he's just in his late twenties, his impressive knack for melody officially puts his work alongside Good Riddance and The Devil Makes Three as artists from Santa Cruz seeing global attention.

Rating: B+

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