Producer and musician Dan Molad aka Chimney releases his debut self-titled LP on Dine Alone Records. The long-time drummer/producer for Lucius and producer for Pavo Pavo, San Fermin, Luke Temple, JD McPherson, Here We Go Magic, and many more, self recorded and produced this breakout solo effort. His penchant for sonically adventurous melodies and harmonically complex layers, combined with a stark pop sensibility shine through the breadth of the album. Lead single "Walk Don't Run" is dreamy, plodding track about searching for a muse and endlessly chasing after some ultimate pay off but never really getting there – a reminder to stop and smell the roses and not take yourself too seriously.
Throughout Lucius' success, Molad found himself in a period of transition: moving from New York to L.A., dealing with relationship strife and the death of longtime friend, Parks And Recreation writer Harris Wittels. As a result, there's something that's both painful and cathartic about Molad's self-titled debut. Songs like "Little One" let Molad's vulnerable yet deliberate vocals shine through while "The More You're Holding (The More You've Got)" and "#31" are haunting, enigmatic earworms that speak to wanting to hold onto a relationship for dear life. The songs have a cohesive darkness to them and their meaning spills out like a stream of consciousness.
It's something that speaks to Molad's candor and approach: "You don't always intend for the theme that emerges – it just kind of reveals itself."