Rhapsody And Blues


Since a handful of early EP’s and the ‘Parodia Flare’ album on Planet Mu, London based multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward aka Tropics has been steadily evolving his music away from it’s heavily layered, chill wave beginnings, previously described as ‘an utterly gorgeous slow motion mix that sounds like sustained euphoria’, into an more wholly formed sound on releases through labels such as Svetlana Industries and Five Easy Pieces. The more direct song structures found on the Innovative Leisure released ‘Rapture’ long player can still very much be aligned with terms such as lush, warm, soulful and sentimental, with Ward’s chilling vocals taking centre stage over moody electronic production and twisted jazz percussion. Influenced by Beach Boys, Max Roach and Arthur Russell, the eleven tracks sit comfortably together to form what’s called ‘an intricate and intimate record that presents the many faces of Tropics in a more revealing light than ever before’.


One comment

  1. Pingback: The Daily Playlist for February 18, 2015 - EMPEE3 – a curated daily playlist of music from around the web

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s