Galen Clavio | Chrysalis

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by Galen Clavio

This follow up to 2012's "Event Horizon" features an exciting and intriguing menagerie of acoustic, electric, and electronic musical styles, highlighting homegrown melodies and lyrics of metamorphosis and change.
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1. Hyacinth
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2. California Midnight Fadeaway
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3. I Ain't Lying
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4. The Stars Don't Want You to Shine
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5. Caught Between
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6. Computer Love
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7. Holy Lion
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8. Inconsistent Girlfriend
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9. What I Wanted
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10. Venom
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11. Reassemble
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12. No One Left to Say They Love You
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13. Swim Back
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14. Crazy When the Lights Are Gone
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Album Notes
Since his first official CD release in 2005, Galen Clavio has crafted a musical catalog that exhibits incredible musical depth and range. Clavio's stylistic shapeshifting has always been in pursuit of his muse, and 2014's "Chrysalis" is no exception. Through 14 diverse tracks, Clavio invokes a wide range of past and present styles, while bringing his own unique lyrical perspective to the musical scene. Featuring guitar, piano, synthesizers, bass, and vocals all performed by Clavio, this new album provides listeners with an experience that is easily accessible yet wrapped in mystery.

"I think that 'Chrysalis' is the album I'm most proud of," says Clavio. "It encapsulates a lifetime of being a student of music, while also managing at the same time to give a sense of where my mind and heart are currently."

We had a chance to talk with Clavio about his latest work, and get his thoughts about where this album sits within his musical canon.

Q: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your newest album! You chose the name "Chrysalis" for this album. Is there a reason why?

GC: I felt that Chrysalis really represented what I went through as this album was being made. It's a metamorphosis --- it has been that way in almost every aspect of the process. I completely changed my writing style for this album, and completely changed my recording process as well. You add that in with a healthy amount of personal, lifestyle change, and the name just made a lot of sense.

Q: Would you say that change is the dominant theme of this album?

GC: In a way, yes, although it's more than just change. It's a realization of some things ending and other things beginning, and how sometimes what we're afraid of losing isn't anywhere near as good as what we stand to gain in the resulting vacuum. There's also a few running threads through the album about rejecting societal norms and enjoying yourself and your surroundings regardless of what people may say.

Q: You've talked a lot in the past about your various musical influences. Which of those influences do you feel come through most strongly on this album?

GC: Good question! It's hard for me to nail down the specific influences because I listen to so much music, and sometimes the influence isn't directly recognizable. But for this album, I'd say a big influencer was Beck, particularly in integrating some of the more synth-heavy elements. Led Zeppelin definitely fed into the process, particularly on "Holy Lion" and "Computer Love", as did mid-70's Rolling Stones. Other bands or artists that I hear when I listen to the album include Wilco, Traffic, Shuggie Otis, Blitzen Trapper, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams.

Q: What was the writing and recording process like?

GC: Long and occasionally frustrating. The bulk of the album was written in early to mid 2013, although one of the songs dates back a good 4 years before that. Recording took place almost entirely between August and November 2013, with production taking place in December 2013 and January 2014. I think the frustrating thing for me was really trying to dial in each of the individual tracks and make the album a consistent sonic experience. Hard to do when you're doing everything yourself at home, from the initial recording to the production and mastering, but I feel happy with the results.

Chrysalis was released on February 24, 2014, and is available for sale via digital distribution on a variety of services.



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