On sophomore album Future Former Self, NYC-based CHAPPO explores the abstract nature of time and the experience it has on the perception of reality. The sci-fi inclined group has cultivated a universe of music in which the concept of time is twisted hopelessly out of focus, seeming like a band that has recently traveled back from a distant black hole to bring back a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerizing sounds. CMJ compares them to a diverse set of heavy-hitters including MGMT, the Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, and the Strokes.
Splitting the difference between the guitar-driven psychedelia of Sixties West Coast rock and the spiritual witch doctor moonshine of Dr. John, the band has garnered an enthusiastic following through live shows incorporating collaborations with local artists. Future Former Self captures this spirit, sounding like a joyous party from the opening chords of album opener “Hello.” While conceptually heady, album highlights like “Mad Magic,” “Hey-Yo,” and “I’m Not Ready” are also insanely catchy products of smart pop songcraft that straddle genre and explode in unexpected places.
“Clever, surging art-pop.”
“Island sounds, arena rock loudness, funk, jam, garage and classic rock moments all take on an other worldly feel. Though it’s guitar driven, the band never stays with one formula too long, ensuring there’s something for everyone to love here. Confusing, sometimes. Enjoyable, the entire time.”
– New Noise Magazine
RIYL: the Flaming Lips, Of Montreal, Future Islands, White Arrows, Wild Moccasins, MGMT, Animal Collective
Recommended Tracks: Track #6 “Mad Magic,” Track #3 “I’m Not Ready,” Track #1 “Hello,” Track #4 “I Don’t Need the Sun,” Track #7 “Hey-yo”
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