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Love the Future
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
A they, not a he, consisting of young friends D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey, CHESTER FRENCH seeks to prove that pop music can be at once challenging and accessible. And with the bracing, involving and always-surprising set ... more »
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A they, not a he, consisting of young friends D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey, CHESTER FRENCH seeks to prove that pop music can be at once challenging and accessible. And with the bracing, involving and always-surprising set of pop-art songs on their debut album Love the Future, the duo has made a bold statement that's as delightful as it is ambitious, an album informed by a great wealth of music that is poised to break barriers and set new standards. Chester French's world is a musical universe in which everything's in play. The glorious "She Loves Everybody" mixes sensibilities equally drawing on Motown and power-pop. "Beneath the Veil" throws country twists into hip-hop aesthetics. "Neal" has echoes of swing, hip-hop and rock - with a guitar break paying tribute to the genius and magic fingers of Les Paul. And "Fingers" is just your basic orchestral-pop with, you know, a lap steel solo. There's a curtain-raising "Introduction," and a couple transition pieces ("The String Interlude" and "Country Interlude") to help tie it all together and stress that this is, overall, far more than just a collection of songs, but a whole statement. "We were trying to make the album an album," Drummey says. "What we tried to do is make something musically diverse but also unified. And we did the best job of that ever in the history of music." Don't just take it from him. The band has already been lauded by the press with features such as Spin's Who's Next `08 and Rolling Stone's Artists To Watch. And take it from no less than Pharrell Williams, who signed the unclassifiable duo to his Star Trak/Interscope label after an early copy of the album, recorded by the two largely in a dorm basement studio while they were students at Harvard, was passed from them to his engineer, Drew Coleman. "It's been a long time since I've heard a project teeming with this sort of musicality and originality," says Williams, the phenomenal artist/producer/trailblazer of Neptunes, N.E.R.D. and so-much-else fame. "You're going to watch history unfold with these guys. I feel it in my gut." That works for Wallach and Drummey, who trace an aesthetic lineage from Beethoven to Brian Wilson, from Les Paul to Prince to, well, Pharrell Williams. They see walls coming down with a new generation inspired by innovative artists like Gnarls Barkley and OutKast.
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Pop in the best sense of the word
Laura | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I usually listen to a lot of rock, but I happened across Chester French last year, and I thought the songs on their myspace were great.
This album definitely does not disappoint at all. I don't liek the pop on the radio, but this music is pop like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. It is beautifully crafted. D.A. and Max put a lot of thought into what instruments and sounds to use, and it all comes together well. I also like the hip-hop influence and how adventurous the songs can, along with how extrememly catchy they are. I can' stop humming Neal and Not Over You."
A debut that doesn't disappoint
youneedabiscuit | Los Angeles | 04/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across Chester French in the magazine Nylon. (Peaches Geldof, one of Nylon's contributors, is Max Drummey's ex-wife and could be the "peach" that he slyly references as being "hung up again on a peach" in track 11 Not Over You) I assumed that they would be a litle too precocious, too cheeky monkey, a little too death by irony. (It should be noted that my ideas of what's good in music are old enough to buy their own liquor.) But I downloaded their free song "She Loves Everybody" off of Amazon and was surprised that I really liked it. I took a chance on their full length debut and found it equally great- it's original and fresh. I like how they use electronica elements in some songs, early Beatles stylings (as other reviewers have mentioned) in a couple tracks, and more "traditional" sounds such as a Latin beat in their introduction and a country feel in my personal favorite, Beneath the Veil, trk 9. Take it for a spin, you may be as surprised and delighted as I was."
Eclectic mix of fun
M. G. Mora | San Leandro, CA. United States | 04/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't usually review much music because it all sounds the same but this one hits it out of the park with a nice mix of pop with various different influences. Its the type of music that you want to listen to with your windows down, in your car, during the Summer."