“Miles To Go”
(Action Weekend AW030)
Born in Kirkcaldy Fife (Scotland), Chris Jack has lived on the island of Kyushu, Japan for almost half of his life. Whilst in Japan, he released several albums with his garage band The Routes, ranging from rhythm and blues to garage punk, from surf to psych.
“Miles to Go” started life as a no-frills acoustic 4 track demo, consisting of 3 home recorded songs. The songs were written and recorded spontaneously, without overthinking. The idea behind the recording was to create an audio document of a particular moment in time, rather like an entry in a diary. The songs were recorded purely for personal pleasure, taking influence from bands such as Felt, The Pastels, Galaxie 500, Guided By Voices, The Velvet Underground, and The Lemon Drops, amongst many others.
The songs, the melodies and the recording are simple and restrained. The acoustic compositions are accompanied by organ, Rhodes, melodeon, vibraphone and more, with production that is rich and warm.
“Miles to Go” sees Chris Jack moving beyond the snotty, cynical vocals and lyrics, the fuzz guitars and rough-edged production aesthetic of garage rock, and emerging into something as bare, vulnerable and intimate as a solo album should be”.
“A slowly piercing series of meditative cycles, “Miles To Go” presents 10 tracks that channel Galaxie 500’s spider-like minimalism, the warmth of early Low, or even the twilight introspection of the Velvet Underground’s bummed out third album. It’s all fuelled by this desire to communicate, something that allows the opening title track to truly get under your skin.”
“A record about growth and self-knowledge, “Miles To Go” is the sound of the UK born songwriter finally looking in the mirror. Shorn of vintage tropes, it buzzes with minimalist invention, with songs such as “Thought” and “Elephant” betraying a unique kind of delicacy.”
” Miles To Go” is Chris Jack at his most allusive, yet curiously also his most direct. One to seek out.”
Robin Murray (Clash Magazine 27-10-20)
1. Miles to Go 04:01
2. Half a Man 02:37
3. Close the Door 03:07
4. You Looked Away 03:26
5. Train of Thought 03:07
6. The Way it Has to Be 03:56
7. Up and Down 03:09
8. Thought 03:01
9. Elephant 03:15
10. What´s New 03:42
Chris Jack Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Organ. Fender Rhodes, Vibraphone
Bryan Styles Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel
All songs written by Christopher Jack. Arranged by Christopher Jack and Bryan Styles.
Recorded at the Jack residence, the Styles residence and Soy Studio.
Mixed and mastered by Andy Shartle at Black Diamond Recording Studios, OR.
Cover painting by Alexander Shosuke Ono.
Design by Carlos Espejo.
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