Chris Lively and the Pines
Chris Lively amplified his voice in the Gulf Coast music scene with the release of his first full-length album, Feather. Featuring spacious, layered vocals, emotive lyrics, non-traditional arrangements, and instrumentation ranging from the telecaster to the cello, Feather’s twelve original songs pull the listener into a culmination of years of Lively’s study and songwriting effort.
Native to Houston, TX, USA, Lively began songwriting in the late 2000’s with a focus on lyricism and melody underpinned by euphonic chording and a blend of folk/blues/Americana-inspired rhythms and instrumentation. His emotive and dynamic songs reveal an affinity for embracing and utilizing tension as a tool to get at truth and reflect the inner world of an artist driven to find method in madness as well as accept and capture the experiences along the way, be they light, dark, ambiguous, or even seemingly colorless. His 2013 debut EP, entitled The Faintest, includes a set of four haunting originals which set an artistic frame for later work.
Of Feather, Lively remarks, “As a whole, I feel the collection of songs is really balanced in terms of energy, lyrical content, and overall feel. I see some continuity between all of my songs in the sense that they are recognizably me, yet there is a variety, tone, and dynamic range in this record that I’m stoked about. My intention was simply to explore various styles and integrate them into something honest and genuine. For the most part I think I achieved that.”
Production is currently underway for a second full-length album, We Love Not In Vain, which is slated to release sometime mid-2017. A video for the first single off the album, “Turn to Wood” was released in June 2016.
Will Csorba (Houston, TX)