Album Review: Chase Atlantic x Chase Atlantic

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Haven’t heard about the Australian trio, Chase Atlantic? Well keep your mind and ears open to their seamless fusion between rock, pop, and hip-hop, on their first debut album, Chase Atlantic.

Album cover for Chase Atlantic:
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What may seem like the lyrical result of three young guys who’ve made it to LA, is simply the result of their ownership of a new sound. Chase Atlantic step up in all of their confidence (or maybe Journeys shoes), to prove that they are here to stay in the music industry. What they have done with their first LP, Chase Atlantic, is create an open playing field for their music, taking fans into unexplored music territory.

In an interview with Vevo, Mitchel, the younger of the two Cave brothers admitted,”We have a very difficult time describing our sound.” The reality is no genre is showcased more than the others , but I’ve narrowed it down to what I call, “flawless uncertainty”. The band uses their flexible description to their advantage, by touring with and gaining attraction from the fans of the rock band, Sleeping With Sirens and more recently, the pop singer, Lights.

If you don’t know their story, you can certainly hear it told through the lyrics covered in drug and alcohol use. As the album unfolds, so do their honest inner-thoughts. Perhaps their sensitivity is a result of the recent media movement towards vulnerability and openness. Just imagine if everyone in Rock n’ Roll in the 60’s and 70’s had opened up about drug problems, as they were happening. Lyrics have never felt so close to open wounds, raw to the touch. These guys give every word meaning. The band releases their demons through Mitchel’s pleasantly wailing voice, that has become a trademark of the band’s songs. I put their music on, and I know exactly who it is.

“Ozone”, Chase Atlantic, Track #8
[Chorus: Mitchel Cave]
I’m ’bout to ruin the Ozone
I know you’re sitting alone
I made mistakes with these white lines
And I’m clouded by all of the smoke
I don’t think I’ll ever get sober, no
I don’t think I’ll ever get sober

Brothers Clinton and Mitchel Cave appear on the forefront, met by their longtime friend, Christian Anthony. All originate from Australia. All three are also involved in the production and writing processes, according to their interview with Soundlink TV.

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From Left to Right: Clinton Cave, Mitchel Cave, and Christian Anthony

The album varies in energy levels, from electric, danceable pop to somber R&B, mirroring the highs and lows of love & drugs. From the charged up beats of “The Walls” to the come down reverb of “Ozone”, the boys of Chase Atlantic meander their way through the rollercoaster of possibilities that come with stardom.

In the midst of the dark meaning and mood of the music, I cannot help but to listen to this album day in and day out. Why is that? I’ve never been a fan of drug use, or even being surrounded by it. The answer? This album is a drug. It substitutes the need for an escape from reality, but putting me on top of the world, and making me feel like I’m watching people do the drugs and party, below myself.

“The Walls”, Chase Atlantic, Track #3
This just might be one hell of a night (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Come with me we gotta go outside (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Everybody’s hitting on the walls
Fuck it, I might take a little more now

Whereas many albums are like a movie or novel, Chase Atlantic is one long episode. It drags out one man’s thoughts, starring multiple plots: psychopathy, indulgence, heartache, etc. In the average pilot episode, or first album, you’d never expect to see the main character, or band, reflect on serious topics like overdose, or let you in on his/her sexual fantasies. If Chase Atlantic, is the “pilot”, I can only imagine what the “season” of their life as a band is going to bring. These boys are already pressing on the boundaries of parental control.

Each track on this album flows perfectly into the next, and I can hear all of the songs in one, or one in all. I catch myself singing “Cassie” during “Ozone”, “The Walls” during “Consume”, and so on. My favorite line on the entire album has to be, “Then I haven’t really changed, yeah I’m just confident.” Never have I felt so empowered by music, in all aspects of a song, as I do from this record.

Clinton, the older of the two brothers, breaks out his saxophone to slow things down during a few of the tracks on the album, adding to the rush of emotion they’re providing. The saxophone brings me back to earth, with the most graceful landing known to man.
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Live version of “Cassie” by Chase Atlantic, Track #2, Credit: Idobi Radio

I once described listening to their music with headphones to a friend of mine as, “Walking around knowing you’re wearing cute new underwear that no one else can see.” The album has become somewhere between a dirty little secret and a new vision that I want to share with the world.

“Okay” by Chase Atlantic Music Video, Track #11

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