Since the moment I heard this album, it’s been on my personal playlist. After the first listen I had to know more about the man behind those confident, cool undertones. However, even before the vocals caught my attention, the sensual instrumentals on his album “Earning Keep” managed to evoke an atmospheric, lounge vibe that set the perfect backdrop for Vancouver singer-songwriter Christopher Smith.
Released August 28 via Boompa Records, the album is a combination of diverse, yet simple instrumentals that are eloquently layered with Smith’s whispering vocals, resonating long after the final note.
Yet before Smith began his musical endeavors, he spent most of his time working in the visual arts. This background afforded Smith the opportunity to debut his directorial skills with the album’s first music video, “Pillars and Pyre.” The black and white video features an old school metal drummer set in slow motion, which, is a harsh visual contrast to the soft and dismal melodies projected in the song.
Smith’s talents seem unending, and his ability to find range is personified in the track “Earning Keep.” Smith kickstarts the album with a somber, neo-jazz vibe and allows each song to build throughout the album’s entirety, with the last track crossing into dubstep territory.
Christopher Smith is an up-and-coming artist that is off to a great start, and one I know I’ll keep on my radar. My recommended tracks include: “Settling Pitch,” “Pillars and Pyre,” “Samson,” and “No Light Could Pass Through Me So I Have a Shadow.” Although not on the “Earning Keep” album, I also recommend checking out the Andy Dixon remix of “Pillars and Pyre.” You can find the remix at http://christophersmith.bandcamp.com/album/pillars-and-pyre/.
Artist: Christopher Smith
Album: “Earning Keep”
Label: Boompa Records
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012