Staples, Chris / American Soft
Album: American Soft   Collection:General
Artist:Staples, Chris   Added:Sep 2014
Label:Barsuk Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-09-12 Pull Date: 2014-11-14
Week Ending: Nov 9 Nov 2 Oct 26 Sep 28 Sep 21
Airplays: 1 4 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 11, 2014: ZoeRadio
Dark Side Of The Moon
4. Oct 31, 2014: Time Traveler
Black Tornado
2. Nov 06, 2014: ZoeRadio
Dark Side Of The Moon
5. Oct 30, 2014: ZoeRadio
Dark Side Of The Moon
3. Nov 01, 2014: Clean Copper Radio
Grand Coulee Band
6. Oct 30, 2014: Meow
Dark Side Of The Moon

Album Review
Zoe Rogers
Reviewed 2014-09-11
Pensacola, FL native Chris Staples is also the front man for Discovering America. This is his 6th solo album, first released on Barsuk. It is super simple, mostly acoustic, and mostly awesome. Clearly a gifted songwriter. These are definitely sleepy songs, but I like the album cover to cover. RIYL: Vetiver, Death Cab, Ben Kweller, Elliott Smith, Pinback, Blind Pilot

Play all of the songs...especially: 4, 5, 7, 8

1. (2:48) Walking With A Stranger - Guitar and vocals, simple, mellow, beautiful.
2. (3:09) Hold Onto Something - Slightly faster paced (not too much though), a little added keyboard and drums and tambouring come in later.
3. (3:12) Black Tornado - Up tempo, some hand claps, perhaps some uke? This is for sure the lead single. Catchy, well produced.
4. (3:27) Dark Side Of The Moon - Super sweet love song, one of my favorites.
5. (2:28) Where We Used To Be - Love the instrumentation on this one. It actually has a some base, and some jazzy sounding guitar.
6. (2:19) Wurlitzer - This is an instrumental track, and it is fucking awesome. Reminiscent of a Pinback song.
7. (2:26) Grand Coulee Band - Up tempo (for this album). The most rock sounding of any track. Super cool.
8. (3:40) Overpaid - Another track with drums!! Kind of sad and depressing if you listen to the lyrics closely enough though.
9. (3:37) Needle Park - Mid tempo, kind of my least favorite, almost garage rocky?
10. (4:10) Early Bird Tavern - Folk ballad, slow and steady to finish off the record.

Track Listing
1. Walking With A Stranger   6. Wurlitzer
2. Hold Onto Something   7. Grand Coulee Band
3. Black Tornado   8. Overpaid
4. Dark Side Of The Moon   9. Needle Park
5. Where We Used To Be   10. Early Bird Tavern