Album review: I Never Arrived – Galapaghost

Album review: I Never Arrived – Galapaghost

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We love an international flavour to our music at 11 is louder than 10 and LPs don’t come more global than I Never Arrived, the third album from Casey Chandler aka Galapaghost, which comes to us from Texas via Brussels (where the the 12 tracks were written) and Italy (where they were recorded by Federico Puttilli, who also appears on the album).

And despite hailing from the hippie town of Woodstock, New York, this American folk artist’s sound has a distinctly European flavour. On ‘Salt Lake City’ his voice strongly recalls Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, while ‘Mazes in the Sky’ has a kinda Scandi-folk feel about it.

However, it’s not all European: ‘Vitamin D’ and ‘Goodbye (My Visa Arrived)’ both feature some country-fied slide guitar. On the six-string front, ‘Bloom’ is marked by some silky finger-picking and harmonics – Chandler is clearly no slouch on the guitar, despite the general laid back approach taken on most of the tracks.

Lyrically I Never Arrived has some quirky moments, with ‘The Greatest Roommate’ memorable for the classic refrain “You’ve made it to the very top of my shit list”. Some definite anger there, despite the upbeat music.

Overall, the 12 tracks work beautifully together and it’s very well produced considering the recording locations are listed as, among others, “Federico’s apartment” – it’s a proper DIY record, but with the polish of a big studio release.

It’s an album that’s both soothing and chilled yet engaging and varied, so if you’re into folky, acoustic singer-songwriter sounds you should definitely give I Never Arrived a spin.

I Never Arrived is out now. 

11 is louder than 10 verdict

11 – Sonic boom
10 – Planet rock
9 – Headbanging
8 – Turn it up
7 – Rocking
6 – Foot tapping
5 – Worth a listen
4 – Background music
3 – Turn it down
2 – Earache
1 – Turn it off
0 – Ear bleeding

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