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“Amateur Hour” Released Today!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

 

“Amateur Hour” is available today everywhere!

 

New Music Video – “All Time Record”

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

I’m excited to share the new video for “All Time Record”. Director and stop-motion animator, Greg Smith, says the video was influenced “as much by Zen Buddhism, Nondualism, the Big Bang and Quantum Spacetime as it was by Le Petit Prince, Rocket Robin Hood, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings. The premise was born out test footage I shot some time ago, in which I animated the cosmos using chalk on a blackboard. I knew wanted to do something funny with a touch of science in it, so I pitched Chris an idea about a living planet floating through space.”

The result is a gorgeous, fanciful and profound visual meditation on the song, for which I’m so thankful to Greg.

 

Exclaim! – Album Review – “Amateur Hour”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

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Chris Velan began writing Amateur Hour as a way to explore the complicated emotions that go into (and come out of) relationships. What he ended up with is an album that comes across as more personal and more self-reflective than the typical breakup record. This is Velan’s seventh album, and it was recorded over a Montreal winter in his own studio, adding to the sense of intimacy that flows from the release.

One of the first elements to stand out on Amateur Hour is how vocal-forward the mixing is. Even when the instrumentation is lush or heavy, the score often pulls back and the vocals take the lead. Many of the tracks tell stories —”Everything I Have Is Stolen” and “Black Eye” are prime examples — though there are moments when the music is striking enough that it could carry the track, if only given the opportunity.

Velan mines sadness and love for all angles and perspectives. Between the description of chasing the disastrous idea of a person on “You Can Talk” to the radio phone-in apology of “Night Caller” (a track that stands out for its use of synths and an electronic beat), this album is sure to strike a nerve with anyone who has ever been lost in complicated emotions.

Amateur Hour gleams with thoughtful and crisp writing and explorative musical shifts, though occasionally the compositions feel held back by the spotlighting of the vocals. (Independent)

 

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“All Time Record” on CBC Radio 3 Top 30 Songs of The Week for Sept 10

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The first single from the new album, “Amateur Hour”, has risen to the #20 spot on CBC Radio 3’s Top 30 Songs of The Week for Sept 10th!

 

Lancement de nouvel album, “Amateur Hour”: Info-Culture.biz

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Chris Velan – le nouvel album Amateur Hour disponible le 14 septembre

 

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L’auteur-compositeur Chris Velan a écrit une collection de chansons à propos d’une relation, avec tout ce que ça comporte de bagage émotionnel, allant du désir, à l’amour, au ressentiment jusqu’à la douleur. Un disque de pop-rock aux sonorités vivifiantes, qui s’écoute agréablement bien malgré des propos qui sont parfois incendiaires ou explosif.

L’album se déroule comme une série de monologues dans une pièce en un-acte où les personnages sont enfermés dans une pièce et forcés de répondre et de réagir à des nouvelles inattendues.

Amateur Hour a été enregistré en une semaine d’hiver dans le studio de campagne de Chris avec une équipe Montréalaise tout-étoile composée de Bucky Wheaton (batterie), Mishka Stein (basse) Michael Feuerstack (guitare, pedal-steel), Max Henry (claviers) et Tom Mennier (piano).

Admirablement réalisé et enregistré par Rod Shearer, Amateur Hour est un album où Chris Velan fait exploser ses émotions en un joyeux feu d’artifice…

Cashbox Canada – New Album Feature – “Amateur Hour”

Friday, September 7th, 2018

BTW Chris Velan, Catalina Shortwave, Anne Bourne, Small Leaks Sink Ships, Great Lake Swimmers, Dilly Dally, Christina Martin

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Chris Velan Photo Credit Dan Haber

Amateur Hour is the new album from genre-hopping songwriter Chris Velan and it started out as songs about a relationship and all the emotional baggage that comes with it; desire, love, resentment, pain. But soon he realized that the relationship he was exploring was the one with himself.

Due out September 14, Amateur Hour unfolds like a series of monologues in a one-act play where the characters are locked in a room and forced to respond and react to unexpected news, discovering that what they thought to be true of themselves was in fact not.

First single, “All Time Record”, is a bit of mystery for Velan. “It came in the form of an urgent stream of babble that I had to quickly record into my phone and then later transcribe and translate,” he says. “It wasn’t as much about the meaning of the words as it was their sound. I think that’s why it retains this elusive, joyful quality. It doesn’t want to be pinned down.”

LISTEN AND SHARE “ALL TIME RECORD” HERE

The album was recorded in a winter week in Velan’s studio with an all-star team of Montreal artists; Bucky Wheaton (Land Of Talk, The Luyas, Timbre Timber), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers), Michael Feuerstack (Land Of Talk, The Luyas, Bell Orchestre), Max Henry (Suuns), and Tom Mennier (Martha Wainwright). Recorded by Rod Shearer, Amateur Hour is Velan’s most accomplished and personal album yet. The snowy, pastoral setting did nothing to temper what is essentially a pop-rock record with life-giving sounds, sometimes incendiary and explosive.

Velan has always been crossing borders with his brand of world music-influenced, singer-songwriter pop. Drawing comparisons to the smart, genre-mixing writing of Neil Finn, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon, Velan has toured throughout North America with festival performances at The Lincoln Center, Sundance Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and Osheaga.

As a producer, he has worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Haitian music collective, Lakou Mizik.

Album Review – “Amateur Hour” – FYI Music News

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

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Chris Velan: Amateur Hour

Chris Velan – “Amateur Hour” (Independent): This highly-regarded Montreal singer/songwriter/producer releases a new album, Amateur Hour, on Sept. 14, preceded by this title track.

Velan describes the song this way: “Both in its title and lyrics, the song came to encapsulate for me the themes of the album, representing them in this imagined, psychic space; Some dingy bar with a tiny stage where we all assemble as eternally helpless beginners, forever witnessing each other’s efforts to surrender to that inescapable truth.”

The lyric video for the cut confirms Velan has a way with words: “Stumbling home in the cheap wine, lonely as a satellite.” The words may be downbeat, but the song has a lively feel, and Velan’s voice is smooth on the ear.

The Amateur Hour album was recorded in a winter week in Velan’s studio with an all-star team (no amateurs here) of Montreal artists; Bucky Wheaton (Land Of Talk, Timbre Timber), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers), Michael Feuerstack (The Luyas, Bell Orchestre), Max Henry(Suuns), and Tom Mennier (Martha Wainwright).

Velan has released four earlier albums, including 2011’s well-received Fables for Fighters. As a producer, he has worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars.

Velan plays The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield on Sept. 27, Burdock in Toronto (Sept. 28), Petit Campus in Montreal (Nov. 1), and Beat & Betterave in Frelighsburg, QC, Nov. 2.

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Single Release : “Amateur Hour”

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The second single from my upcoming album, “Amateur Hour” (out on Sept 14th) has hit the street!  It’s the title track and you can listen / share / follow right here.

 

You can also pre-order the album now in digital, CD or vinyl format. When you do, you’ll immediately get a download of the single as well as a digital copy of the album (plus its two bonus tracks) when it’s released. And of course, if you ordered the album in CD or 12” vinyl, you will be the first to get your hands on it as soon as it arrives off the presses.

You can read all about the album in the press release and find out about my upcoming shows to support the album.

Single Release: “All Time Record”

Friday, July 20th, 2018

I’m very happy to announce that the first single from my upcoming album, “Amateur Hour” (out on Sept 14th), drops today! The song is called, “All Time Record”, and you can listen / share / follow right here.

You can also pre-order the album now in digital, CD or vinyl format. When you do, you’ll immediately get a download of the single as well as a digital copy of the album (plus its two bonus tracks) when it’s released. And of course, if you ordered the album in CD or 12” vinyl, you will be the first to get your hands on it as soon as it arrives off the presses.

You can read all about the album in the press release (in English / en Français)  and find out about my upcoming shows to support the album.

CHECK OUT UNRELEASED TRACK FROM “GLOW”

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

This afro-beat inspired tune, “Bad Behaviour”, was one of two songs that didn’t make it onto “Glow”. It’s time I shared it with you. Enjoy!