Chris Kemp White

Chris Kemp White

by Chris Kemp White

Released 2016
Released 2016
Debut E.P. from solo singer-songwriter with captivating voice and creative arrangements explores themes of love, loss and longing, revealing classic and modern influences like David Bowie, Crowded House, and Coldplay.
  • 03:18 Story Lyrics
    If I Linger

    If my hands shake, words fail

    If I fail to be clear

    If I drift off, eyes glaze

    I don’t seem to be here

    To be here

     

    If my tongue seizes, lips move

    I draw a sigh

    If the wind blows, trees sway

    I move side to side

    Side to side

     

    If I wander, distracted

    I fail to be commit

    If I can’t pretend, shut down

    I still want you here

    I want you here

     

    If I linger, too long

    And I won’t go home

    Forgive me; forget me

    And show me the door

  • 04:29 Story Lyrics
    Repeating

    The words that are repeating

    Pluck them from the air

    Humming in the stillness

    Close your eyes to hear

     

    Your mind is filled with chaos

    Let your body buzz with life

    Letting go of darkness

    Grab onto the Light

     

    Papier-mâché castles

    We build into the sky

    They melt into the horizon

    And we’re surprised

     

    Hum the tune whenever

    You forget the words

    You are a tiny cosm

    In a microcosmic world

     

    Used to know

    The words to all the songs our forebears sang

    Used to know

    The end and the beginning are the same

  • 04:32 Story Lyrics
    The Same Man (Who Broke Your Heart)

    A little ill

    It’s not so bad

    I can’t believe I’m the same man

    Who worked so hard

    To be so mean

     

    It’s not my fault

    I’m not as clean 

    This cup collects your pity

    And drunken eyes

    Will turn the grays to color

     

    Just a kiss

    That’s all it was

    That’s all there is

    The way you feel 

    Is way too strange

     

    A little ill

    It’s not so bad

    I can’t believe I’m the same man 

    Who broke your heart

    That wasn’t me

  • 03:54 Story Lyrics
    Trouble on the Ground

    If you think you’re running now

    You’ll move faster when the army hits the ground

    When you climb too high

    Bite your lip when the bullets hit the sky

    If they pierce the sea

    Swim like fish when they chase you to the reef

     

    If you think you’re sure

    You’ll think again when there’s knocking at your door

    When you feel the night

    Don’t close your eyes you may never see the light again

     

    Trouble on the ground

    Take it to the sea

    Trouble in the air

    Take it to the trees

     

    If you think you’re running now

    You’ll move faster when the army hits the ground

    When you climb too high

    Bite your lip when the bullets hit the sky

    If they pierce the sea

    Swim like fish when they chase you to the reef

     

    Trouble on the ground

    Take it to the sea

    Trouble in the air

    Take it to the trees

NOTES
Portland, Maine singer-songwriter Chris Kemp White has been making music in and around the state's largest city for more than twenty years. After performing almost exclusively with bands––The Frotus Caper, Hotel Arrival, The Lomax and An Overnight Low, to name a few––Chris released his debut self-titled E.P. in June of 2016.

In the CD's first track "If I Linger," White sets the tone for the album singing, "If my hands shake, words fail / If I fail to be clear / If I drift off, eyes glaze / I don’t seem to be here." Don't be fooled by the lone mandolin accompaniment; driving drums and bass reminiscent of U2's "Joshua Tree" blossom out of the speakers, soon followed by a dense yet deceptively simple medley of wordless voices.

The second track, "Repeating," combines Smith's era Marr-styled guitars with an active bass line and subtle tom-centered drums. The lyrics lament our collective disconnection from each other and our pasts: "Used to know / The words to all the songs our forebears sang / Used to know / The end and the beginning are the same." Upbeat with solid backbeat for the final chorus, Chris Kemp White reveals a pop sensibility rooted in classic, new wave and modern rock influences.

The final two songs, "The Same Man (Who Broke Your Heart)" and "Trouble on the Ground," are epic numbers replete with key changes, melodic guitar solos, and tight vocal harmonies that are a trademark of White's work. Although he performs solo, with only acoustic guitar accompaniment, or with a three-piece of electric guitar, bass, and drums, White plays all the instruments in the recordings including guitars, bass, keys, and programmed drums––and the aforementioned mandolin––sounding more like a five-piece band than a singer-songwriter.

No doubt, fans of melodic modern bands and artists like Coldplay and John Mayer will be drawn in by White's intimate vocal style and smart arrangements, feeling right at home with this first of what we hope are many releases to come.