Kasper’s Chasing Another Sundown is such a beautiful varied collection of songs, it’s almost impossible to describe them. They stylistically clip everything from ballad and bluegrass to crooning and folk, yet there is an idyllic sense of purity to each. Perfectly produced and as clear as a placid lake or crisp autumn morning, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his simplicity still warranted him a contest win with Ragged.
“I’m really serious about making good music, and I don’t get too wrapped up in my image or contests or huge web presence,” Kasper says. “The music is all I really focus on. I keep things simple in terms of style, but go way deep when I’m writing and recording. I don’t care about much else. I don’t pursue any certain style of music either; I try to be as open to my abilities as I can be and let things come through.” Though the formula appears fairly straightforward, the results are simply gorgeous.
-By Kendah el-ali, Ragged Magazine #8
Chris Kasper knocks me out with the quality of his themes, his lyrics and memorable melodies. Chris is a heavy hitter and his new album is proves it.
-Gene Shay/ WXPN,Philadelphia
REVIEW from the blog "ONE FAN AT A TIME"
by Jenny Tate
Chasing Another Sundown is the newest album by singer-songwriter Chris Kasper. It couples his incredible songwriting skills with a robust musical deliverance that results in a true musical masterpiece. Fans of Kasper’s previous albums (FlyingBoy and Trust the Tale, Not the Teller) will undoubtedly liken to Chasing Another Sundown as a new favorite. And new listeners to Kasper’s music will realize the incredible artistry that Chris Kasper possesses.
Chasing Another Sundown opens with “Old Smoke” – a great opening track. With lyrics like “old smoke sits round the room while I’m stuck in the trees like a stranded balloon” you get an immediate taste of that Kasper vivid, true to life imagery. “The Treehouse” has a dreamy melody, a circular sounding drum beat (thanks to Fred Berman), beautiful backing vocals, and deep, thought provoking lyrics (“oh what’s one to do when the future’s not yet true.”). “One False Move” – an excellent cover of a Dan Kelly song. There’s definitely a story in those lyrics. Dawn Iulg and Claire Wadsworth provide flawless backing vocals that will stay with you like a beautiful haunting. “Hey August” – I love the light as air feel that the pedal steel (played by Adam Davis) provides. Maybe because it’s titled “Hey August” or literal interpretation of the lyrics that I get a summer feel from that song. “Devil’s Gold” – WOW, love that horn section which gives that song a near “big band” sound and adds to Kasper’s style diversity. “Loosely Pray” – I thoroughly love the entire album but this has got to be my favorite song. I love the lyrics especially the chorus: “do right what you came to do/roll on inside a tune/catch a cloud in your parachute/and loosely pray that you don’t fade away”, Kasper’s voice shines so brightly on this track, Adrien Reju’s vocals are absolutely perfect for the song, and that pretty sounding pedal steel can be heard again. The perfect song if I ever heard one. Outro: “Blues Bust In” – a lovely last hoorah of a number that might cause spontaneous fits of movement (i.e. – dancing).
I’ve listened to Chasing Another Sundown in its entirety countless times and it is nothing short of amazing. I have to thank: Chris Kasper, Jeff Hiatt (producer and bass player), and all the guest musicians on the album for creating music worth listening to. So, I highly recommend you give Chasing Another Sundown by Chris Kasper a listen and if you like it – buy it!
Chris Kasper is pleased to announce the release of his new record, "Chasing Another Sundown". Produced by longtime collaborator Jeff Hiatt, "Chasing Another Sundown" features key contributions from guests Devon Sproule and Ben Arnold, among many others.
Kasper is a songwriter's songwriter, an artist who won devoted fans and awards seemingly from the moment he released his first record, a demo recorded in a friend's living room in 2002. Kasper soon relocated to Philadelphia, where he has built a devoted following not only of music lovers, but of his fellow songwriters and musicians. Kasper maintains that his peers remain his most important audience, and they often can be found singing every word along with him at his shows, even on songs that have never been released.
"FlyingBoy", released in 2006, earned more fans and gushing reviews, mixing "warm, graceful melodies" (The Intelligencer) with an energy rarely achieved in an acoustic setting. "Not everyone can take an acoustic guitar and make it groove like a full band," one reviewer observed, but Kasper "delivers astounding results" (Performing Songwriter). Kasper further expanded his audience with his folks-bluegrass band The Lowlands, whose full-length "Bark & Twine" made a sensational debut at the 2007 Philadelphia Folk Festival, further establishing Kasper as a songwriter of rare depth and intensity.
"Chasing Another Sundown" is Kasper's first fully produced studio recording, expanding on the "signature dreamy acoustic sound" (PLAY Magazine) heard on "FlyingBoy", while featuring the artist's gift for haunting phrases and refrains. "It's ambient and water-like in that it surrounds you," Kasper says. "It's got a real country vibe as well as a real folk vibe, but with more modern elements than you expect."