Your unexpected new album of the year: Eddie Chacon - Pleasure, Joy and Happiness

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2020 is a very weird year. Beautiful new comeback album by Eddie Chacon, formely of Charles and Eddie. Gave me proper shivers up the spine on first listen. Intimate and sad and confessional as anything with Paul Buchanan's name on it. Serious late night vibes that'll make you think of Marvin's 'Here My Dear' or Smokey's 'Quiet Storm' but which also somehow feels very now through the weird trick of sounding like the year's hippest reissue - synths and drum machines all have that particular veneer as if they've been filtered through a Numero Group comp of hitherto undiscovered outsider soul. Light In The Attic have something to do with it I think, so that figures. Excellent backstory too, as told here to the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/01/eddie-chacon-charles-and-eddie-comeback-album

Defund the indefensible (NickB), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 20:18 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAHOorwse-I

Defund the indefensible (NickB), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 20:21 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbSzJy4AYck

Defund the indefensible (NickB), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 20:22 (seven months ago) link

Okay those promo videos might me be a little bit too much, even for me. I guess if you wanted to be really mean about this you'd say it was like if Mick Hucknall had just discovered that Lewis album. But it feels a lot realer than that somehow, a record very much born out of lived experience (and also Eddie is obv not the odious choad that Mick Hucknall is)

Defund the indefensible (NickB), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 20:30 (seven months ago) link

this is a nice performance though, very barry mcguigan's uncle circa 1976 look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAgdiE1AP3M

Defund the indefensible (NickB), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 21:00 (seven months ago) link

thanks for the discovery, that's very soulful late-night music.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 21:52 (seven months ago) link

I see from that article he used to play with Mike Bordin and Cliff Burton! I know the author of that piece a bit and aside from being a marvellous fella his hit rate with recommendations is pretty extraordinary. Anyway, sounds great; thanks for the heads-up.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 22:34 (seven months ago) link

i looove that performance and the song ("wicked world"). this is all very l.a. obviously but yeah there's a depth of feeling to this that's pretty arresting and disarming.

i don't think i'd heard "would i lie to you" since the 90s - great song, great video.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:03 (seven months ago) link

Mike Bordin and Cliff Burton

the undeniable thread connecting faith no more, metallica and "would i lie to you?"

very much a wtf awesome moment

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:06 (seven months ago) link

love the DX7 woodwinds on "outside," this record is terrific

adam, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:16 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, 'outside' was the moment on the album where it really clicked for me. Magical song

this is my clean tone (NickB), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 20:19 (seven months ago) link

This is magical, thank you very much!

Tim F, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 20:50 (seven months ago) link

Glad you like it! :)

I know the author of that piece a bit and aside from being a marvellous fella his hit rate with recommendations is pretty extraordinary

indeed! he shared a great spotify playlist a couple of months back which was songs made with a rhythm ace or rhythm king drum machine, so that has stuff on it like sly's 'family affair', timmy thomas's 'why can't we live together', 'crazy mama' by jj cale, all things with an incredible vibe over that lovely soft stuttering beat, and in a way that really was ideal prep for hearing this record

this is my clean tone (NickB), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:10 (seven months ago) link

that sounds great - do you have a link for it?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:13 (seven months ago) link

cheers!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:26 (seven months ago) link

i am having a huge galaxy brain moment right now realizing that drum machine sound is from the same(ish) drum machine

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:32 (seven months ago) link

i know right!! looking at one of the clips above, john carroll kirby is using a univox sr-55 which was also sold in the US as the korg mini pops 3 which is the exact same sort of vintage and timbral universe as the rhythm ace, but obv had different patterns on it that you could also combine together to give further options

this is my clean tone (NickB), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:42 (seven months ago) link

probably going to burn out on this at some point but i think i've listened to it fifteen times now in the last three days

this is my clean tone (NickB), Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:12 (seven months ago) link

was NOT expecting microtones straight out of the gate

imago, Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:59 (seven months ago) link

good album but maybe too emotionally intense for me rn? at least it's brief, more than half an hour of this shit could be seriously bad for your health

imago, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:28 (seven months ago) link

yeah it's in that turbid emotional zone that exists between being completely lost and finding yourself again

this is my clean tone (NickB), Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:35 (seven months ago) link

has the vibe, a little, of some of the softer songs off The Cure's The Top. that weird, sad psych-pop-soul vibe

imago, Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:38 (seven months ago) link

and yeah, i think the short length works really well. no more really needs adding unless you're going to totally change the pace and that would risk destroying the mood of the rest of it

xp interesting comparison, i love those sad little cure songs where they break out the flute!

this is my clean tone (NickB), Thursday, 3 September 2020 12:41 (seven months ago) link

i like that comparison. last night i was trying to draw connections between this and the first junior boys record. maybe taking similar approaches to very different inspirations? or different approaches to similar.

adam, Thursday, 3 September 2020 13:04 (seven months ago) link

I hear some Last Exit here too, definitely, as well as Shuggie Otis and, err, a little Unknown Mortal Orchestra maybe? Anyway, very nice record, though having only heard it once I'm struggling to remember what any of the individual songs sound like. This may change after I've listened to it a bunch, which I plan to do.

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 3 September 2020 23:35 (seven months ago) link

yes

learned lasagna (||||||||), Friday, 4 September 2020 18:02 (seven months ago) link

more albums should be 28 mins long

fetter, Friday, 4 September 2020 19:20 (seven months ago) link

great record. discovered "a quiet storm" too thanks to this thread - also A++ incredible

learned lasagna (||||||||), Friday, 4 September 2020 19:47 (seven months ago) link

oh yeah, a quiet storm is peak smokey, lovely record indeed

this is my clean tone (NickB), Friday, 4 September 2020 20:22 (seven months ago) link

ok I just bought this

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 4 September 2020 21:14 (seven months ago) link

This is a real treat.

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 5 September 2020 10:03 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

this album is fucking amazing!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 December 2020 16:23 (three months ago) link

ok I just bought this

― Paul Ponzi, Friday, September 4, 2020 5:14 PM (three months ago) bookmarkflaglink

but it still hasn't arrived

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 24 December 2020 19:32 (three months ago) link

Yeah, still enjoying this. Shame it made such a good job of falling down the cracks when it came to the EOY lists. Glad you got to hear it Brad, the balance of restraint and emotion is very Blue Nile

kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 24 December 2020 20:07 (three months ago) link

And Paul, I still haven't found a physical copy either

kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 24 December 2020 20:08 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Loving this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEFyx61S6Pg

groovypanda, Sunday, 4 April 2021 18:28 (one week ago) link


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