Chris Staples puts down the tools to release new album on Barsuk, American Soft

Chris Staples puts down the tools to release new album on Barsuk, American Soft

Chris Staples is a songwriter who has tipped the paradigm on its head by letting his day-job supplement his music career. The story goes that Staples, a guitar-wielding lifer who has lent his skills to J. Tillman and Telekinesis records and shows, would supplement his musical endeavors by taking construction and building jobs in whatever town he ended up in.

Then one day he’s installing a screen door in the Seattle home of none other than Josh Rosenfeld, the label boss of Barsuk Records. Of course, one thing leads to another and come August 12 Barsuk releases Staples’ third solo album American Soft.

Made up of stripped-back guitar, poetic lyrics, and economical touches of rhythm, feedback, and hand-claps, American Soft is exactly the kind of album you’d expect an accomplished carpenter/guitarist to make. You can get a sample via the lead single “Dark Side of the Moon,” which is a song about the idea of interpreting the Pink Floyd classic of the same name, apparently.

The moral of the story is that as one newly installed screen door closes a new recording contract opportunity opens.

Staples will be launching American Soft in Seattle and will probably tour if you have any odd jobs that need doing in your home town.

08.19.14 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

• Chris Staples: http://www.chrisstaplesmusic.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

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