Albums In The Stream: Silver Ships, Songs From A Room That Never Moves

Silver Ships (photo by Naomi Cherie/Joseph Salazar)

Silver Ships (photo by Naomi Cherie/Joseph Salazar)

Silver Ships is Austin songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette, whose analog home recordings on reclaimed and modified thrift-store devices belie a bedroom wizardry of the organic, a mastery of instruments that require breath or strums, plucks or strikes, with his own sturdy voice weaving harmonies throughout the tracks.

Built on folk structures gleaned through a nostalgic rock and roll haze, brimming with pop infectiousness, laced with sing-a-long harmonies, and soaked in psychedelic warmth, Silver Ships’ debut release couples the sunny disposition of early Beatles with a Harry Nilssonic melancholy, and punctuates it with brooding Taxi Driver woodwinds rendered doe-eyed by fanciful vintage organ tones.

Bessette recorded nearly every instrument himself, including drums, bass, organ, electric and acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion and clarinet. Teaming up with co-mastering engineer Eric Martinez and assistant producer Kat Hernandez, recording to tape and painstakingly mixing sans computers, Bessette describes “wires strung over the mixer to different guitar pedals and outdated effects units and a lot of busy hands manipulating everything. This usually took 5 to 20 takes to get it right.”

The result is the forthcoming 10-song debut album Songs From A Room That Never Moves, available September 30 as a double vinyl release.

Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of offering a full stream Songs From A Room That Never Moves. Enjoy it below:

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