Mere months after the release of his 9 track free download Covers EP, Chris Gordon of the solo music project The Summer Circuit is thrilled to announce his latest creation, All the Proof I Need. The album, which consists of 7 self-produced and recorded acoustic songs, retains the charm of his first album City of Love with Gordon’s natural and honest approach. “Every little piece of every song has some sort of significance,” says the 20 year old college student. “I never want to blindly create music and not put my whole heart in it.” His genuine approach is mirrored in the album with the introduction of a wide variety of instruments all intended to enhance the message behind the songs.
Gordon’s growth, both musically and mentally, is a major component of this release. “Not every song is as lighthearted as some of my older ones,” he admits. “This album is my way of trying to understand my own life and the barriers I’ve encountered.”
However one thing that remains true is the positive spin Gordon takes with each of those barriers. His track “Live and Learn,” confesses his naivety in the face of real-world problems but his hope to overcome them- “And I’m still young at heart and I’m so immature/But with that in my head, in my heart I am sure/That slow as the world may turn/I’ll live and I’ll learn.”
Again, Gordon hopes to reflect the honesty of some of his musical influences including The Beatles, fun., John Mayer and, most notably, Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer. “Sometimes when I hear a Rocket Summer song I can’t believe how perfectly he describes what I’m feeling at the time,” says Chris. “If I can do that, if anyone can hear one of my songs and be like, ‘Wow, I know exactly what he means,’ then that’s beautiful.”
In the usual fashion, every track on the album is the product of hours spent in a makeshift studio thrown together in Chris’ dorm room. “I don’t need an expensive set up to do what I love to do,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if my microphone costs $10 or $10 million I’m still going to be the same guy writing songs about my life. I just want people to enjoy it and connect with it. You can’t buy that kind of thing.”