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A Buyer's Ride

by Chapa

Experimental storytelling with a unique blend of Styles..
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Rising Up Between Mistakes
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2. Only Me
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3. Edna's Thrill
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4. Honestly
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5. A Masquerader's Downfall
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6. Well You Wish Thee
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7. From Your Cloud
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8. All 3 Faces
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9. A Pause In Life
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Album Notes
Thanks to the magic of the internet, the unknown band OJO, were revealed to me mixing a lot of different styles with success of their debut album, Minutia. The group themselves split up 4 years ago. A very sad day for OJO, which had some special music with the potential to conquer many eager ears. With the fall of OJO, the different members went in different directions (Spore333 -, Principle, Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies -, and the one that interest us: Chapa - The former bassist, Russ Chapa, found his way into the studio and returns to take over our ears with 9 titles, A Buyer's Ride, less crazy, but still very interesting and out of the Norm.

It's difficult to find the affiliation between these two formations. Chapa plays in a completely different register, where as OJO mixed metal, funk, and jazz to a more quiet calm. In his album, A Buyer's Ride, Chapa delivers us a Music very well put together and completely Zen. In these 9 titles, Chapa is playing everything from folk music, to country with some Tahitian or Gypsy music, and in a lot of different styles. It is nearly impossible to describe the music with precision, mixing percussion, cello, organ and guitar to carefully crafted stories. Chapa's sound is reminiscent of the experimental Vinyl's of the 70's, such as Silver Mt. Zion, with his aerial quotations that are falsely minimalist. Calming could be the adequate adjective to describe A Buyer's Ride. Chapa's soft voice and the lightness of certain pieces is to appease even the crazy Americans. Chapa's level of words soar with tunes like, From Your Cloud (A dedicated piece to his Father), and the delirious Edna's Thrill (A Ouija Board Ghost Story). A Buyer's Ride finishes up with A Pause In Life. A piece grouping together all the elements of the CD as a conclusion of this album. And despite some lengths and repetitions, A Buyer's Ride allows the discovery of a sincere Artist, touching people liking music without apparent flourishment but internally rich, or those who just simply like musical experiments."

Article by Eric Cambray June 06, 2005
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This is an excellent cd. It hasnt left my cd player in 3 days. Chapa's music sounds so honest and personal. The cd has a very calming feeling and for the most part it is pretty mellow, but Chapa does a good job of adding dynamics as the cd has its share of more up tempo parts as well. There are a ton of genres blended throughout the cd. Everything is very well put together. The vocals are very well done. I am not very good at describing vocals but ill just say they fit the music very well. The lyrics are very good. Each song has its own story to tell. The cd has a very nice flow to it. The case is also excellent. The booklet has some cool art and the art on the actual cd itself is the best ive ever seen on a cd. The booklet also has a cool story in it. Everything gets an A+. The music is original, excellently crafted, and sincere, the lyrics are personal and very well written, the vocals are great, and it has an excellent case. I highly recomend checking out this cd as fans of almost any genre can find something to enjoy in it.

Abby Castillo

Awesome mix of various sounds
I just bought the cd in WACO at Hasting's. I've listened to it all the way though.... There is NO ONE WAY to describe it. It's like many flavors in one great recipe. This is definately one for ANYBODY's cd collection! No matter what kind of music you may enjoy there is something for everyone....CHAPA--->U rock Baby!!!!!

Jack Richmond

Lyrics writer extraordinaire!
I have read the other reviewers' comments here and they are right on target: Chapa' music is very interesting and out of the norm. When I first listened to the samples on this site, I thought "What a nice set of music pieces." Some of the album's music sounded country so I figured I could relate to that. So I went out and bought the CD. After the purchase, I found a lot of Chapa's song content is not so "country" after all - it is refreshingly out of the norm. Now I am the kind of person that, when in high school, I could not understand poems and other "artsy stuff" very well. So when I listened to Chapa's album, I tried to understand the songs in my usual country-music-listening kind of way and I was successful in understanding only one ("Mama called up me up yesterday...") but the rest of the songs? I had to listen to them about 40 times before I understood them well. Why did I keep listening to the album? Because a line in each of the songs stuck with me and kept playing back in my head. You know how that is - and that is the guage I always use to see if a CD is worth buying. And I felt compelled to go back and listen again and again until I was satisfied I understood the meanings of each song. Chapa calls this album "A Buyer's Ride." For this buyer, my ride consisted listening and listening and listening to Chapa's 3-layers-below-the-surface lyrics. I now occasionally lend my CD (for only a day) to my friends to show them an example of how music doesn't have to be commercial and predictable to be superb. When they want to keep it longer, I tell them to not be so darned cheap and go buy their own!!!! The bottom line is that the instrumental aspect of the music catches your attention but it is those 3-layers-deep lyrics that keeps bringing you back. This is definitely not a listen-to-once album. You'll get your money's worth. I know I certainly have.

Jack Richmond in San Diego

Christy Plaa

Innovative & theraputic
I bought into "the ride" from the moment it played. The creative use of tranquil sounds and intense lyrics makes this music truly identifiable.


Highly Recommended
Personal yet universal lyrics and a somewhat diverse musical style drive A Buyers Ride. This is a great CD that deserves many listenings to pick out some of the subtleties.

Classy steel guitar, haunting cello, cutting edge percussion and fitting guitar work are all a backdrop for a lyrical trip that many will relate to. Chapa’s vocals are sometimes in your face, but appropriate, and he’s not afraid to share a very deep emotional experience with the listener.

This is an original sounding concept CD that has a flow that will keep you listening. Highly recommended.

Josh Sides

Totally original
Sick of musical and lyrical cliches? Buy this album. Chappa's music is truly original and unique. Just when you expect a lyric to land somewhere, Chappa takes you somewhere else. This album also has some great cello lines. I highly recommend!!


Truly Special Music Unlike Typical Mainstream Stuff
I got this CD last Thursday and I spent the good part of my 4 1/2 hour roadtrip listening to A buyer's ride. Such a unique fusion of musical styles an unexpected intrumentation. It's a special treat when someone so creative invites the world to a glimpse of their shine.


SUPERB Appeals to Young & Old BUY IT
What can I say, this CD is AWESOME...the best I have heard in a very long time, I just cant seem to get enough of this new talent...Chapa is AMAZING...I have told everyone I know to get this CD..It appeals to young & old...ROCK ON CHAPA... :)

Steve & Anjuli ( Gaslighters )

We finally got our Chapa CD !!!!
We have been fans of Chapa since hearing him quite a few months back into last year. We absolutely love this artist ! Hysterical ? Yes ! We are... So excited to finally be able to afford our Chapa CD ( hee hee ). This album is going to be played until it can't be played no more...which will be sometime into the next millennium. Chapa's music resonates deeply and brilliantly with us, and it's sound-scape of layers reveals new horizons with every new listen. This is no hype, and we are not personal friends...we are fellow artists, however, that admire the works of Sir Chapa... and respect the work...and feel it. Chapa covers all the ground with intelligence, bravery, daring imagination, immense creativity, and abstract thought anchored in a catch able melody...with sublime rhythm...and we must mention Deacon ( Chapa's drummer ) who is one of the finest drummers we ever did hear. Man, this guys got that primal quality that one either has or does not... and vision to spare. Yes..yes... we are probably embarrassing ourselves just about now, but we had to go on a bit- We are so excited to get our Chapa CD, and that is a great feeling. It is rare to buy a CD these days and feel that way, it is all too far and few between, but we feel that way now...and we are grateful. Thank you for doing what you do Chapa !


Tired of the radio commercial bullsh*t that all sounds the same? Need something fresh, new, different? Open your CD player and insert A Buyer's Ride. Put some good headphones on, turn it up to about 7. Lay back, close your eyes and listen. Open Chappa's head and climb into his mind. Take a trip and enjoy. I guarantee that you have never been there before and may never again. Do yourself a favor and follow my instructions. It will only take an hour of your time. When your finished, you can thank me.... but most importanly, thank you Chappa!
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