Published Mar 14, 2016Whether as a weed-obliterated MC or a true-blue pop-punker, Vancouver-based jack of all trades Chris Van Der Laan has dabbled in plenty of genres over the years. At the moment, he's working within the moody confines of synth-strumentals, offering up some grim keyboard compositions as Sort of Damocles. The punnily-titled project's debut, Goat Prayer/Life is Shit, is out now.
The 20-song entry into Sort of Damocles was cut throughout the fall and winter, with plenty of pieces seemingly having been titled by the day they were crafted. Using Realistic Concertmate, the Mellotron IPad app and a digital Mellotron, the self-described "dungeon synth" artist unveils a May Day fanfare of faux-organs on "September 6," and digital dirges for "December 6 I."
Amidst the murky originals, Goat Prayer/Life is Shit also finds Van Der Laan reinterpreting Chopin, Dave Brubeck, and the factory-formed freakout of film score composer Brad Fiedel's T2 theme.
You'll find the release below, or on Bandcamp at a pay-what-you-want price point.