I See Hawks In L.A., Chaparral, Loch and Key, Angelica Rockne

Chaparral

A group born out of the “Casual up the Coast” sessions, Chaparral explore the slower side of fun while maintaining a boogie first priority. The Falmouth Packet referred to the boys as “great American bookish soul”, the Royston Crow proclaimed the boys to be “the saviors of suggestion rock” and the Banbury Cake made the bold statement “these yanks would give Marillion a real run for their money with their pro attitude”.

Chaparral is:
Kip Boardman (Tony Gilkyson/Watson Twins)
Steve Didelot (American Music Club/Mark Eitzel)
Sean Hoffman (American Music Club/Bedroom Walls)

Recorded at Tim Green’s studio in Grass Valley with Blake Severn on guitar and bass, Neil Layton on drums and keys, and Pete Grant on pedal steel, the album was recorded over a span of six months in 2016. The arrangements are performances — earnest, unencumbered, and deeply reverential to both the classiness of the Byrd’s “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and the guts of T.Rex’s “Electric Warrior.” Rockne’s voice is of it’s own dimension. There’s a delicacy in delivery that’s reminiscent of 60s songwriters, coupled with moments of something totally unhinged, psychedelic, and point-blank rock & roll. More consistent though is her unequivocal emotiveness, that can be described as nothing other than classically country. This is an album with an undeniable permanence. There’s a history to this music that’s perhaps more emotional and sensory than actually historic — something felt, something sensed, a mistaken nostalgia maybe for something that’s right here in the present, happening in all the quiet, dark corners of this country.

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