CHRIS REARDON New EP ‘From The Outside In’ Out Now ‘If You’re Gone, I’m Going Under’ Live at Docklands (Lightship95 Session) Streaming Now
“His voice has that rare ability to calmly convey despair without descending into self-pity.” – GIGWISE
“Folk-hewn and tender, his softly sculpted vignettes have a bittersweet feel.” – CLASH
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Chris Reardon has just released his ‘From The Outside In’ EP, a collection of songs about dealing with changing circumstances; being an emotional voyeur and on how the outside world affects you.
The EP is preceded by a live recording of ‘If You’re Gone I’m Going Under’ – recorded in London at producer Rory Attwell’s Lightship95 studio, a 550-tonne ship, permanently moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf, East London.
Produced by Chris and mastered by Simon Small from Musicland Studios in Hackney, ‘From The Outside In’ opens with ‘Acid Rain’, an acoustic folk ballad written when Chris had just come out of a 4-year relationship, left his old band and moved to London. ‘Seeing Double’ was written and recorded the day Chris arrived back from a backpacking trip to Vietnam. “Being back in the UK felt so surreal. Vietnam seemed like a long-lost dream.” Written by Chris as a way of processing the feelings he was having after travelling for weeks, the song came quickly.
Next up is ‘Bombay’. A hopefully journeyman tune about leaving the past behind and looking brightly to the future. The EP closes with ‘If You’re Gone I’m Going Under’, written at a point where Chris’ relationship was falling apart. Feeling helpless with little money, Chris kept the production of the song sparse and stripped back – allowing the emotion to come to the fore.
Reardon spent much of his childhood in Hong Kong, before moving to London – drawn as so many others before him by the sounds of the Beatles and Led Zep, and later entranced by the likes of Laura Marling and Bon Iver.
Ever eschewing the formulaic, for Chris, song writing is about trying to capture the moment of inspiration instead of formulating lyrics about a specific subject.
‘From The Outside In’ EP Track-Listing:
1. Acid Rain
2. Seeing Double
4. If You’re Gone, I’m Going Under
Stream the EP here:
Check out a live acoustic version of ‘If You’re Gone, I’m Going Under – Live at Docklands (Lightship95)’ here:
Catch Chris Reardon live in London:
6th October – The Slaughtered Lamb (Full band headline show)
19th November – The Slaughtered Lamb (Supporting Cast’s John Power)