With his sixth full-length album, “Cloud Souvenirs,” American singer-songwriter Chris Staples offers up a slew of indie/folk melodies — not only nurturing the restless heart and curious soul, but also providing a portal for the listener to sit, immerse and disappear into.
“Memories are souvenirs we carry around with us,” Staples says. “They remind us of where we came from, and who we are. Memories are also like clouds in a way. They slowly change and our interpretation of them is everything — they are subjective.”
Recorded in his native Florida, “Cloud Souvenirs” conjures what it means to be a musical artist in
the incessant white noise and unrelenting digital distraction of the unfolding 21st century, something Staples has pursued in the music industry for over 25 years.
“I’ve always made songs as a way of coping. Life is a little chaotic, and writing songs are an attempt at making some sense of all of this” the 44-year-old says. “A lot of my songs have some resolve to them, where they’re the final answer to the problem I’ve been working out. And I think some people take comfort in these songs because of this.”
With a central theme encircling the idea of “the now,” and how it applies to the existential trials and tribulations of daily life, Staples brings forth his timeless sense of self and continued purpose — signature traits in his ongoing journey of truth and connectivity.
Chris Staples is a gifted storyteller who reveals life’s greatest mysteries in humanity’s smallest moments – NPR
‘Holy Moly’ moves through different phases, but ultimately finds reconciliation and happiness – Clash
Absolutely, positively need to hear everyday – Paste Magazine