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“A delicate, piano-led number, it finds Ford lamenting the slow collapse of a relationship and debating whether or not he should just cut his losses and walk away.” – Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound has premiered a brand new single from Christopher the Conquered, titled “Too Many Teardrops Away.” This is his first release since his 2016’s “Mama I Wanna Be James Brown” feat. Max Jury and his LP, I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll. The track will be released as part of a double single, out next Friday, February 8th.Christopher has also announced a February residency at New York’s Coney Island Baby, performing every Monday this month. He will also be performing at several Sofar Sounds on the East Coast.

“My last record I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll was a bit of a statement on what I wanted to do artistically, though I couldn’t really put a finger on it at the time. I had played to disinterested smatterings of people in so many empty bars so many times that I learned how to make them like me, while accidentally destroying everything I loved about music in the first place, which is the song as emotional art.

Music can be a tool to connect with people deeply, but I was undercutting myself by trying to “wow” the audiences with whatever I could think of. First it was a bombastic horn section, then it was standing on the piano, rolling around on the floor, getting behind the bar and serving drinks while singing a capella — you name it.

I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll was me saying “I’m done with that shit”. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to move on. I’ve had no problem writing; I think I’m writing my best material ever. But I’ve struggled to know what to do with these songs: how to sing them, how to perform them, how to produce them as records.

At first I tried to one-up my previous efforts, creating the most dynamic, hi-fi recordings I could, but the results fell flat. They were the opposite of what I was feeling on the inside, which was that I just wanted to record my songs in a way that immediately convey to the listener who I am — no editorializing required.

So I ended up returning to my roots of DIY basement recording (except now I’ve got my home office on the ground floor…moving on up!) and just started recording songs without questioning any of my decisions. Just messing around, playing everything myself, using the same microphone for everything, programming drums on an iPad app. Just making the music in a way that was actually fun for me. I desperately hated the stressful environment of the fancy studio, not because I don’t love recording studios, but because I can never afford to be in there in the first place. At home, nothing matters.

That’s how I stumbled on the realization that my home “demos” could be actual releases. After starts and stops in big studios in 2016 and 2017, I spent 2018 at home, recording dozens of songs, which I’m happy to finally be releasing, starting with these two.

The Day I Went Solo is a fitting start to this new stage of my career. It’s a direct follow-up to the song “I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll”. I gave up, now I’m back, but it’s just me this time.”

Christopher the Conquered and his piano have traveled North America and Europe for over 10 years, sharing his self-proclaimed “interstellar soul” with anyone who will listen.

His 2016 album I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll has received over 500,000 listens online and has garnered positive reviews, with the songwriter Ryan Adams proclaiming it “crazy and incredible” and Alternative Press labeling it a “raw, emotional” record. The singer-songwriter Julien Baker calls it “a great record.” ABC News declares his music is “compelling, interesting, and funny”.

Christopher developed his songwriting while growing up in Iowa, but he now calls Denver, Colorado home. He has spent time on stage supporting a wide array of magnificent artists, including Leon Russell, Andrew Bird, Sturgill Simpson, The Mountain Goats, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Julien Baker.

In between panel appearances with the likes of Philip Glass, writing for Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, and multiple features in Billboard, Christopher continues to hone his songwriting daily, working toward a simple language that communicates elemental human emotions as only music can. His musical heroes are Nina Simone, Randy Newman, and Jonathan Richman.


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