NEW MUSIC: Chris Pickering ‘Andalusia’

After two years of reclusive work since his last EP Corners, Melbourne-based songwriter-musician Chris Pickering releases Canyons, a new collection of original songs showcasing his inspired union of urbane, classic pop songwriting, and atmospheric desert-rock.

Co-produced with both Adrian Mauro, aka Machine Age, and Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), and recorded in Joshua Tree, California, and Nashville, TN, the album features Pickeringโ€™s gift for melody and intriguing lyricism, like a Laurel Canyon sound for the 21st century, combined with swirling psychedelic pedal steel guitar and stratospheric keyboards, locked in with a driving rhythm section and majestic twangy guitars.

The albumโ€™s lead single, Canyons, was digitally released last year, and has since garnered airplay and a warm reception on radio (community stations and ABC Double J) around the country. The second single, Andalusia, features a chugging Britpop-laced rhythm section augmented by a spinning string section, with the lyrics describing unrequited love amongst the geometrical architecture and dry passion of southern Spain, before diving into its yearning nightingale chorus.

The albumโ€™s other tracks include the gentle Snowflake, the Nilsson-reminiscent desperation blues of Circles, the classic folk-pop sound of Trivia, the stark and haunting Broke My Own Heart, a McCartney turn on Oscillate, and the epic and expansive Other Weaknesses and The Wash.

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