Thursday, June 4, 2020

Comprador's post rock psychedelia, garden, lounge, art rock, shoegaze alchemy of "Burn Through" will dazzle

photo by Ryan Back

Burn Through is the title track from Comprador's recently released 2020 album. The musical project / musical moniker of singer-songwriter, massive multi-instrumentalist and live drummer /singer Charlie D’Ardenne, currently based out of Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA it is a rock ballad with folk / garden rock affections as well as post rock psychedelia / art rock tones. In some ways, it floats supremely in a sort of Pink Floydian way with pain and question within the poetry of the lyrics. 

Exhausted and scared
Feel out of place
Always in the way
Once truth mattered
You don't have to be wise to have gotten old
Fires in the air
What we worked so hard to build is kindling the flames
We are only fuel
Legacy in ashes
Sifting the debris

Other songs like the synthwave-eque meets chamber pop track Someone Likes You or the experimental psyche pop meets sock hop punk sprinkled with R&B indie tones, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites, are infused with with romance (lovely lyrics and melodies) and a sense of experimentation and urban soul guitar lines that made me think of the lounge rock of Chicano Batman. 
Some songs like the fluid ever shifting, Something Worth Saying, the down turned sad effervescence of Truly and the potent (stunning) shoegaze / goth rock feel of Float Around have a more progressive, divergent 90's post rock sense with a broad pointed beauty and dissonant dreaminess.

Across the entire album I wanted to share the musical duties because D'Ardenne is a true multi-instrumentalist:

Acoustic / electric / bass guitars, piano, iPad synth, bass clarinet, flute, vocals, percussion written / played / recorded by Charlie D'Ardenne in Hatfield PA July-September 2019

Additional electric guitar / percussion / vocals recorded by Charlie D'Ardenne in Devon PA and Manayunk, Philadelphia PA October-December 2019

Drums recorded by Dylan Tasch at Midley Grange in July 2019

Additional vocals on 'Doubt's Shadow' and 'Up Soon' by Jeanette Catherine Lynne recorded December 2019.

Harp on 'Someone Likes You' played/recorded by Jon Salmon

Mixing and additional recording by Pete Donnelly

Mastered by Arthur Rizk

-Robb Donker Curtius


Comprador is a recording project and alter ego of multi-instrumentalist, writer and live drummer/singer Charlie D’Ardenne, currently in Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA. Comprador has completed a fourth full-length album to be released in 2020. Prior releases include LP 'Important' (digitally self-released May 2019 with a cassette run by Super Wimpy Punch Records), a nineteen-song double cassette, 'Downstream,' released on Dark Circles Records in May 2018, a debut album entitled ‘Pollinator’ (In Store Recordings, 2015) and three self-released EPs.

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