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Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights

Portland’s Chris Robley (the “Stephen King of Indie-Pop”) has released 3 critically lauded solo albums, “this is the” and “the drunken dance of modern man in love,” both produced with Adam Selzer (M. Ward, The Decemberists, Laura Gibson). His third (and first credited to backing band The Fear of Heights), “Movie Theatre Haiku” was produced with the help of Portland audio-fiends Mike Coykendall, Jeff Stuart Saltzman, and Rob Stroup.

It was released March 24th, 2009. The album upholds Robley’s reputation for writing story-songs about characters that find themselves in heartbreak and despair. But “Movie Theatre Haiku” also finds him taking his trademark blend of fractured folk and dark, psychedelic indie-pop into more ambitious orchestral and electronic territory.

Touring often, Robley performs his eclectic and hyper-literate psych-folk-indie-pop compositions with backing band The Fear of Heights, a sheets-of-sound arkestra of doom that swings and swells in size from 4 to 11 members including horns, flutes, and strings.

He also fronts the agit-prop-prog-pop outfit THE SORT OFs whose much praised 2006 debut “Anxiety on Parade” detailed the human waste of the post-modern political landscape. In his spare time he’s been known to fill the role of multi-instrumentalist with The Imprints, Norfolk & Western, and Rachel Taylor Brown.

He’s also appeared as a session player on over a dozen releases and recently produced Little Beirut’s sophomore effort “High Dive.” At night, he enjoys full contact banking, circuit bending, and watching Battlestar Galactica with his wife Kristiana. Much to their dismay, their cat Fellini is a big fan of Jason Mraz.