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by Chris Riffle

Acoustic indie folk with nods to Nick Drake and Elliott Smith with sincere and poetic lyrics that reveal both our intimate and universal selves.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Roll Over
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2. Catch the Wind
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3. Everything You Need Is Here
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4. Younger Years
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5. Just Assume
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6. Walk Away
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7. Simple
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8. Light and Water
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9. Trains
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10. Believe In Now
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Album Notes
Chris Riffle started work on this album with producer Jimi Zhivago in May of 2009. It is featuring many NYC musicians, including (Antony and the Johnson's cello player) Julia Kent. This album has been recorded at The Maid's Room, the NY studio used for Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and many more. It was mixed by Grammy winners Steve Rosenthal and Brian Thorn at The Magic Shop.

"remarkable in its honesty, fragility, and even wit"
-John Norris

"Evidently, I wasn't the only one enamored of Chris. Through my incessant phone calls to KUGS to demand they play one or the other of the two songs they had in their rotation, I found out that his songs were among the most requested. It seemed his music, sweet, smart and hooky as hell, managed to achieve the near-impossible: it was able to break through the hipper-than-thou musical apathy that afflicts most listeners of college radio."
-What's Up Magazine



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Mark S. Tucker - for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Introducing Chris Riffle
The fact that Chris Riffle chose to cover Donovan Leitch (Catch the Wind), one of my all-time favorite folkies, is revealing. However, it's how the guy's interpolated Nick Drake into his mode that really intrigues, even to the point of incorporating the beautiful embellishments John Cale brought to Nick's superlative oeuvre. Now toss in the fact that he imported Jimi Zhivago (last seen in the stunning Perfect View release by Libby Johnson) along with a cellist and others, and you have an unbeatable combination.

Playing a toned-down acoustic guitar beside lazily encanted vocals, embodying a sentiment that's concurrently entranced and world-weary, the ambiance of the entire CD is one of gently ringing tones, softly flowing understated melodics rich in foggy texture, rustic afternoons, and ancient airs kept alive via memory and sideways sight. Zhivago is a crucial element in the work, as he seems cut right from the composer's heart, complementing Riffle's complicated subtleties in finely honed sensitivities and abstract extensions. Because of that, there's more than a little of the marvelous Leigh Gregory (here) present in spirit.

Yes, Donovan couldn't have been a better choice, as more than a small portion of Riffle's vocals squarely reflect the celebrated Welshman, though Chris remains constantly in the threnodic mode, laying out entablatures of anguish and ecstasy. Ghosts meet flesh in his songs, and the acquaintance is well consummated, resulting in a deceptively hypnotic milieu that is the stuff of literature and worthy of comparing to Richie Havens, Iain Matthews, and even the achingly gorgeous refrains Mickey Newbury showed with In a New Age. Gorgeous, deep, and affecting.

CD Baby Editor - Peter

Sounds great!
With a rich, nuanced mix matched by Riffle’s strong-yet-delicate voice, this album is impressive from the beginning to the end. While somewhat reminiscent of Iron & Wine and the strings-laden work of Nick Drake, this album has just enough modern sparkle and production technique to not sound like a nostalgia trip or just an homage to his Riffle’s musical predecessors. With cello by Antony and the Johnson's cellist Julia Kent, and the mix by by three time Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal, this album sounds great and will stick with you.

Emily Shapiro

Literature with a melody is what Chris Riffle manages to create in his newest album. There’s a personal story in each track which makes you want to listen carefully, and although these stories are Riffle’s, he’s subtle enough to make you think they just might be yours also. Introducing Chris Riffle is the cookies your mom sent you in the mail when you got homesick in college, it’s the poetry drawn in a crevice of a public bathroom, it’s the oranges that come all the way from China.
This album is a mirage of all the in-between moments.