With his second solo LP Cosmic Lottery set to release on January 15th, 2019, Chicago based singer-songwriter Christopher David returns with his strongest record yet. Comprised of 11 tracks, including new single “Indigo,” Lottery builds on David’s signature style of melodic alt-rock/pop; the album will be his fourth release in two years.
“It wasn’t really my intention to machine-gun people with music,” David notes. “I just write and record a lot of material, and after The Houdini Tapes [David’s 2016 debut], I had a ridiculous amount of stuff – something like 40 or 50 songs. I started putting together another full-length right away, but as it happened, [2016’s] Stereopsis and [2017’s] Universe of One just came together as tight little EPs, so I went with those, which gave me time to really think about what I wanted to do for a second album. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t rush – I think this is the most focused record I’ve made.”
Lyrically, David has always concentrated on narrative, and Cosmic Lottery continues that tradition. From the tragic characters wandering through the jangly chords of “Oriana” and “Disintegrate” to the self-destructive antagonist and swirling guitars of “Golden Anxiety Flowers” to the haunting reverb of “Pyramid” (which David jokingly describes as “if H.P. Lovecraft had written a breakup song”), the album is a continuing study of everyday people sorting through darkness in hopes of finding peace.
“Thematically, I’ve always been interested in the emotional response to crisis – how people cope, the crazy, weird, funny, unsettling things they do in the face of trauma,” David says. “Going through upheaval of any sort inevitably brings you to a new place, and I’m really interested in the kind of chaos that exists in that space, that transition. I try to capture that in snapshots – and musically, it’s about finding the right moments in those stories to devote four minutes to, you know? That’s the fun challenge of writing what I suppose would be referred to as pop music, at some level.”
And as far as the album’s wall-to-wall hooks? “You have to keep people humming if your tunes are going to resonate,” David says. “You have to want to start the record over the second it’s done.”
Cosmic Lottery will be released digitally on January 15th, with CD and vinyl versions to follow later in 2019. “Indigo” is now available digitally and as a limited 7” version that features “Lost Child (of the ‘70s),” an outtake from the Lottery sessions. Additionally, 2019 will see David on his first series of national tour dates in support of the album.
Preorder Cosmic Lottery or purchase the “Indigo” 7” at http://christopherdavid.bandcamp.com.
Singer/songwriter’s new solo album available January 15th; new single “Indigo” now available
Cosmic Lottery (tracklisting)
“Salt & Snakes”
“Late Sleeper (in the
“Golden Anxiety Flowers”
“Blank Holiday (Off the Rails)”
“The Best Night of Our Lives”
“Dizzy as Diamonds”
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