Chris Zurich- "The Sounds" by Team Clermont published on 2013/08/07 17:07:40 +0000 Generating “the soundtrack to culture clash,” Chris Zurich’s music is an accurate representation of his impassioned mission statement, “creating a sound that doesn’t exclude highlights from any genre, a fusion that is designed to connect people or groups that wouldn’t naturally collide.” Coming out of a hardcore music upbringing, Chris began to notice the value of the brief – but often unrealized – melodic instincts that have gone largely unexplored outside the genre. Inspired by this, Chris began to mine this idea and see if he could base entire songs upon these moody and melodic leanings. Inspired by the classic and neo-soul voices of artists like Stevie Wonder and Cody Chesnutt, Chris began studying opera with a former opera star who sought to impart his knowledge after his own career had faltered. Under his tutelage, Chris was finally able to set his vision in motion, pairing the soulful vocals with the melodic instincts underexploited in hardcore. Black Ink tastefully marries prog rock and ripe soul, tearing down typecasts of the indie mold. Alternating between melancholy moods and entrancing electronica, the record has an ornate lulling effect, gracefully snapping listeners back from hypnosis with his commanding, and most basic instrument, his lauded voice. Loyal to all parts of the production process, Chris named the album Black Ink, a reference to the defensive ink a squid produces when it’s under siege, and since this is Chris Zurich’s debut release, the imagery is a metaphor for the exposition and struggle of willfully revealing aspects of yourself to those around you for the first time. His equality-focused Quaker upbringing paired with parenting by an ethics professor deemed one of the “most dangerous minds in America,” quickly forged radical ideals and world-conscious perception in the themes of the encrypted lyrics on Black Ink. Chris’s expansive mind and “open door policy” of human connection has complemented his art both musically and conceptually, delivering a new kind of artist to the musical landscape, an inclusive one.