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This Is The

by Chris Robley

Late-night indie-pop for the intelligentsia with sparking electric wires.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Miss Masochist
4:23 $0.99
2. Devil's Playground
4:11 $0.99
3. Swimming Lessons
3:59 $0.99
4. Preamble
3:04 $0.99
5. All Roads
1:29 $0.99
6. Wondrous Withering of Days
3:34 $0.99
7. Isabelle
4:25 $0.99
8. Mantra of a Melting American
1:12 $0.99
9. Stalin Looks Back
4:11 $0.99
10. Rainy Day Amputee
6:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Praise and Press:

"this Is the" deserves a place among your Elliot Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, John Lennon, and -- yes, even your Guns 'N Roses albums.
-Splendid e-zine

"this is the" is what John Lennon would be doing today if he wasn't killed a quarter century ago.
-music liberation project

Making creative use of colors from Beatles pop to emo rock to lo-fi indie ache, "This Is The" is definitely unusually abundant in imagination and vision.
-CD Baby

Understated but assured pop abounds on this singer-songwriter's first solo album. High praise in my book but fully warranted. He shows no lack of ambition in his arrangements. Full but never fussy, tasty but biting, familiar but fresh. Ace all around.
-Foxy Digitalis

The album could have ended up being mere studio trickery, but Robley's songs are so strong he could deliver them given just an unamplified acoustic guitar. Robley's singing, at his most urgent, recalls Lennon's desperate-yet-melodic rasp, but it's evident he's not posturing to achieve the sound, just slipping comfortably into it like a pair of vintage Beatle boots that happen to perfectly fit his feet.
-Willamette Week (jeff rosenberg)

"this is the" is impressive, proving that Robley has found his voice, working in the great dissonant pop tradition discovered and delivered by the likes of John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Elliott Smith. Live, with his orchestra, though, Robley's songs bloom.
-Willamette Week (Mark Baumgarten)

Chris Robley is a unique musical talent. Hell, I'll say it: He's a genius. True to form, his set last night was full of lush instrumentation, beautiful arrangements, and simply the best pop hooks. Check out Chris next time he plays or go out and buy "This is the..." You can thank me later. --Casey at

"Had my musical brains blown out by Chris Robley. His music is manic and titanic. Don't miss his next singer-songwriter show. Because when the revolution finally comes and he's swept to power, you don't want to end up blindfolded smoking your last cigarette."-Justin Carroll(singer/songwriter)

"Haunting-gorgeous-bloody-thrilling-fucking-great-music. An intensely engaging performer who holds back nothing. Just plain thrilling to listen to. A future legend, just on his way up.- Rachel Taylor Brown (Portland's Maven of Sardonic Wit)

Tall Tales of a Short Man:

Things you don't discuss at the dinner table seem to be the stuff of chris robley's songs: Insurgency, prostitution, substance abuse, misogyny, mortality. He grinds taboo topics and questionable characters into palatable indie-pop, combining memorable melodies and lush, lilting arrangements into a sound boiling with danger below the surface. The immediacy of Chris' performances comes from a place where confident artistry meets anxious desperation, where beauty meets dissonance, where raw, heartfelt honesty is expressed through the quirky voice of his characters.

As a multi-instrumentalist(guitar/piano/bass/accordion/harmonica/drumsequencing/ad nauseum), chris brings an eclecticism to his craft bordering on the schizophrenic without compromising the focus and integrity of his songwriting. In addition to performing as a solo singer/songwriter and with his electronic performance-art ensemble, The Fear of Heights, chris robley fronts the agitprop prog-punk band "the sort of's..." He is also the keyboardist/noise guitarist for The Imprints, a Portland-based rock band led by ex-Baseboard Heaters singer, Rob Stroup.

In 2005, chris officially released his first solo album on Cutthroat Pop Records, "this is the," produced by Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western) @ The Type Foundry Wearhouse studios in Portland and recorded to 1 inch analog. He tracked and mixed it quickly in four days (playing all the instruments) to generate and preserve the frenetic excitement of these poetic story-songs. It's a beautiful, rough-around-the-edges collection of ambient folk with a sheen of electronic noises buried beneath. "this is the" is a record that unfolds further with every listen like a flower bending towards the memory of the sun.



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love it..
this album is awesome.. I love the vocals, the production..
great songs.. :)

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Normally, the qualities of "lush" and "sparse" are in opposition to each other but somehow, Chris Robley proves that this is not necessarily so. While there is a nakedness, a vulnerability, a transparent quality, the glassy iciness is engulfed in a rippling, billowing, fluid and delicious sonic echo, reverberating from top to bottom, side to side. Making creative use of colors from Beatles pop to emo rock to lo-fi indie ache, "This Is The" is definitely unusually abundant in imagination and vision. Take a dive, take a listen.

SA Life Magazine Australia by Chris Clark

Some topics are considered unsuitable for polite conversation, singer/songwriter Chris Robley manages to cover many of them in his CD This Is The. Though his acid wit and precarious song writing is compared with John Lennon, Robley is no Lennon pastiche; his songs are born from similar attitudes and are perhaps what Lennon would write about today. Subjects range from addiction, death, amputees, ruthless dictators, prostitution to the political situation in the United States. His songs are seldom depressing, though sometimes dark, and constructed with an intimate honesty. Having worked with producer Adam Selzer to lay down a three track demo, the session went so well the record quickly grew to an EP and then a full length album. Robley played acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums, piano, vocals, keys and accordion, with most tracks being completed in one or two takes giving This Is The a spontaneous feel. Highlights include Little Miss Masochist a song about both the highs and lows of either love or addiction which starts with synthesizer and bell chimes then moves into acoustic guitar. Wondrous Withering Of Days is the only love song, deals with deception and truth using the line "Just like happy photos fade in an album hid far away, the wondrous withering of days will keep me honest." Isabelle is a song written on the death of a young family member which uses layers of sound sometimes sounding as if 2 different CD’s are playing at the same time, it is filled with emotion and works perfectly. Rainy Day Amputee is about the loss of a limb or perhaps a severed relationship and has a Badly Drawn Boy feel which morphs into a Weezer/Kinks style ending.