Galapaghost Finds Rarified Turf on A Planet Without An Atmosphere EP
There’s much to be said about Galapaghost, a solo project from producer Casey Chandler. But all that really matters going on nearly a month after the October 11th release of his Extended Player A Planet Without An Atmosphere, is the man has hits. As in, on this very outing. At least half of the EP is worthy of credits in television shows, movies, or commercials, all of it sounds original and, best of all, more than one of these cuts is a bonafide hit record.
Take “A Planet Without An Atmosphere”, for example. Very few would deny the infectious nature of the Super Mario Bros., video game feel of the most saccharine of synthesized melodies populating this piece. However, Galapaghost inverts this feel good appeal with hard, texturized drums that threaten to nod the head off anyone within earshot. The simplicity of the vocals, the basic nature of the melody (which sounds more like talking than singing), and the unequivocal nature of the lyrics (“I just want to be happy”) make this one a winner—particularly when Galapaghost busts out the falsetto near the crescendo of the track.
The vast majority of the numbers on this collection are two minutes and some seconds, letting you know the producer can get in and out without wasting time, tracks, or vocals. One of the few exceptions is “Test Stick Uhaul Her Can, Sir?” Although this tune deals with some certified real-life, unfortunate experiences, what stands out prominently is the guitar. Acoustic, busy, bouncy even, at times, it provides an ideal sonic setting for Galapaghost’s delightfully slow harmonizing (with himself, that is). Singing in a lower register on one track and an upper register on another, his vocal progression erupts into spontaneous whistling and the sweet purity of a falsetto that hasn’t failed him yet. The combination is artful, the guitar driving, and the result unmistakable: a hit record.
On some of the other tracks, the very production itself is remarkable. The trippiness of the drums on “Lonely Ocean” are responsible for its underwater feel. Again, the producer hits the high notes on this one with the best of them, indicating that not only does he know his way behind the boards, but behind a mic—or in front of an audience—as well. Few producers, artists, or singers are able to combine the diverse elements of song into cohesive, cogent offerings, yet Galapghost demonstrates this knack time and again on his latest effort.