Chris Farren (Fake Problems, Antarctigo Vespucci) is a real human being, not a ghost, and he’s releasing his debut solo LP, “Can’t Die” this Friday, September 2nd. It’s an album I find difficult to write about or try and review; my already high expectations were blown away within the first few spins of the album. It’s so good that I don’t think I can come up with the words to adequately explain exactly why you need to listen to it- but you do.
If you follow Chris on Twitter, you’re probably familiar with his social media personality; tongue in cheek, engaging and above all, entertaining. “Can’t Die” has all of those elements, but it also feels like he’s letting us in on a secret, song by song. Layered under all of those sparkling, shiny synth beats and catchy choruses lay complex lyrics that quietly demand your attention. Songs like “Still Beating” and “Until I Can See the Light” address the emotional response that comes with loss, while “To Insecurity and Beyond” deals with the effects of anxiety and depression. Not one to shy away from discussing mental health issues, Chris is able to tackle the topic with honesty and integrity, and still have his songs remain buoyant and hopeful. It’s a fine line, and yet he walks it masterfully.
“Can’t Die” feels a bit like a blast from the past, reminiscent of the 80s or early 90s, but with a revived, refreshed sound that keeps it new and current. It’s definitely not one to be missed.
You can order “Can’t Die” on vinyl through Side One Dummy here: https://sideonedummy.com/artists/chris-farren or purchase the album through iTunes as of midnight tonight.
You can check out the first single, “Say You Want Me” below as well: