Those of you who are fans of Snowpoet will know Chris as one half of the evocative and adventurous London-based group. For others, and to introduce his music to new audiences, we asked Chris a few questions to find out what he’s been listening to and what we can expect from him in the next year.
Q – What are your top 3 favourite film soundtracks/scores?
Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
Jon Brion – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Mic Levi – Under The Skin
Q – Name 3 tracks that have shaped your own music?
Björk – Undo
I love the orchestration. The blend of the electronics and acoustic instruments. The way the song grows and its mystery. I’m a sucker for epic outros and I love how this song builds and builds and then collapses at the end. It still manages to keep semi-conventional structure whilst at the same time having such mind-expanding and abstract characteristics. The whole album Vespertine really changed my life and my understating of what music is/can be.
Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
The harmony is so gorgeous. I love arpeggios and the finger picking approach to delivering harmony. The counterpoint between the guitars. The drum sound is so present and distinguishable. I love the melody and how it floats over all of the busyness underneath it. The lyrics are beautiful. In Rainbows is definitely one of my favourite albums.
Keith Jarrett – Starbright
My favourite solo piano piece hands down. I love the sound of the piano. I really feels like you’re there. It’s super raw. I love the melody and the solo is mind-blowingly beautiful. He manages to make an 8-bar chord sequence sound like a concerto.
Q – How did you deal and adapt to lockdown?
I just tried to take each day by day. I felt grateful to be safe and healthy and used all my time to basically focus on writing and producing music. It was nice to have the uninterrupted time to work on my own music. I usually can do a day or so a week being able to just stay with one project for 2 or 3 months was really beneficial to the growth of the music. It’s hard now lockdown has eased to get back in to the busyness again!
Q – What new music have you discovered during Lockdown?
Jardín – Gabriel Garzón-Montano (It’s actually a few years old but came across it and was listening on a daily basis! Amazing modern R&B record)
Sixteen Oceans – Fourtet – This came out in March 2020 – super lush electronic music.
I also discovered an amazing band from London called ‘Jockstrap’ who are signed to Warp Records – really creative songs and a nice balance between beauty and weirdness.
Q – With a new Snowpoet album coming out in early 2021, what makes your collaboration with Lauren Kinsella so special for you?
I love making music with Lauren so much. There’s a really strong sense of trust and respect between us both and artistically this gives us the space to really push ourselves. I think feeling comfortable and confident is such an important part of the process and that dynamic between us both always leads to us making interesting music. Making the third album has been so much fun and it’s been really exciting to develop our sound and take it into a new space.
Q – What else, are you working on? What’s coming up in terms of producing, writing and collaborations in 2021?
I’m currently working on my debut album which will release sometime later next year. I’m super excited about this as up until now, all my solo releases have been short EPs. It’s been great fun building a bigger project and I have some really amazing guest features lined up. I’ve been working with Jordan Rakei on his 4th album for Ninja Tune, producing an album for The Magic Lantern due for 2021 release and also making music with Alison Sudol. We’re just about to go away for a recording/writing residential studio retreat with the vision of making an album. More recently, I’ve just finished producing albums for Laura Fell and Nishla Smith which should be coming out later this year or sometime next year.