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Silver Ships / Press

“As robotic, computerized vocals dominate the radio, it’s refreshing to see an artist refuse to take the easy route. Silver Ships, aka multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette, recorded and mixed his debut album Songs From a Room That Never Moves in an almost gratuitously painstaking fashion, recording nearly every instrumental part himself on analog equipment patched together from many, many trips to the thrift store. And, in order to make the recording process as difficult as possible, the tracks were also mixed and mastered entirely without computers. The result is a heavy dose of golden age nostalgia, especially on the second single, “Poor Thief of Hearts,” where Bessette’s rich, floating-off-to-the-moon vocals are joined by a plodding organ beat and classic ’60s pop melody. “Poor Thief of Hearts” sounds like what would have happened if the Beatles had never gone political. Listen to the track below, and look for Songs From a Room That Never Moves on Sept. 30.”

“Our latest new favorite comes of in the form of Silver Ships, the makeshift bedroom project of multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette. Incorporating and playing drums, bass, organ, electric and acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitar, percussion and clarinet all by himself, Bessette collaborated with engineer Eric Martinez and assistant producer Kat Hernandez to record his debut full length Songs From A Room That Never Moves entirely on tape. The album’s lead single, “Summer’s Gone”, is a warm, spritely upswell of heart string pulling nostalgia in the same vein of your favorite Beatle.”

“On stage, though, Silver ships is all polish, performing as a six-piece band with every moving part in place, well rehearsed and playful in equal turns. I didn’t know Silver Ships very well prior to the album release, and I often find it difficult to really dig into the performances of unfamiliar bands, not sure precisely what to hang my focus on, but that wasn’t a problem here. Their sound blends twangy country musical structures with Beatles-esque melodic pop It’s warm, welcoming music, and it reminded me a bit of my recent time with Phil Ajjarapu’s Sing Along Until You Feel Better. Both artists have an effortless joy to them, though both combine it with a hint of melancholy in the lyrics.”

“When I look around the Austin music landscape, there’s some incredible things happening. The rock n’ roll scene is hitting hard with great acts like Trustees or Xetas; the indie pop scene is, as always, flourishing; folk and country artists abound, with some doing it better than others. But, no one is making the music like Silver Ships. It’s the product of Chazz Bessette, who recorded the entirety of his new album sans computer technology. That’s a pretty impressive feat alone, but this new song is just so so good. There’s an old school feel to it, with a plodding organ and a solid melody.”

"Chazz’s playing filled every available space with melodic curlicues. He morphed from “good guitarist” to “rock hero,” though, when he used a beer bottle as a slide to generate ear-piercing white noise during the band’s last song."