Chris Robley | The Great Make Believer

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The Great Make Believer

by Chris Robley

Raw indie-pop Americana for the guilty-hearted heartbreakers. This award-winning poet's newest collection of songs is a departure from the densely layered arrangements of his past albums, recorded mostly live in the living room of a seaside house.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Eden
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2. Anonymous
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3. 1973
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4. Evangeline
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5. Mission Bells
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6. Lonely People
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7. Fisher King
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8. Veterans Day
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9. Stained Glass Windows
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10. Silently
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Album Notes
Surrender, the way your priest or yogi might preach about it, is not a virtue I’ve often brought to my music-making. As collaborative as some of my previous albums have been, I’ve always kept a close eye (and at least a gentle hand) on every aspect of the creative process. But control gets old after a while. You tire of your own tricks and limitations.

So after a series of big events of both the painful and beautiful variety, I knew I needed to find a musical method that mirrored some of the chaos and (on the better days) surrender that was happening in my life.

Not to sound too ‘self-help’ about it, but what I really needed was a musical “trust-fall" of sorts.

So I wrote myself a kind of musical manifesto. What I needed was:

1) to arrange and record an album quickly, as a true collaboration, in an environment where we could all eat, sleep, work, play, and laugh together;

2) to work with amazing players who would nurture my songs, while somehow making the music their own at the same time;

3) to track the music live, the way people used to make records;

4) and to be entirely uncertain of the outcome.

So me, Arthur Parker (bass), Rob Stroup (engineer/producer), Naomi Hooley (vocals), Anders Bergstrom (drums), Bob Dunham (electric guitar), and Paul Brainard (pedal steel) — we went to a friend’s house on the Oregon coast and did just that.

It was a super fun few days, and I’m thrilled with what that method yielded — The Great Make Believer.



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