Christopher Atkins – “Lonely Choir”


Victoria, BC-based singer/songwriter Christopher Atkins consumes on new single “Lonely Choir,” hypnotizing with a warm array of twinkling Rhodes, steady acoustic drives, and clarinet flourishes. Lyrical observations reflect a contemplative sense of solitude, arriving into the “I think I’m catching on,” realization into the multi-layered title-referencing chorus — punctuated beautifully by the calming clarinet swaying.

The clarinet and Rhodes additions, courtesy of Alex Ward (Mother Sun), are cohesive accompaniments to Atkins’ steady vocal captivation; the track enamors in its range from subdued folk into the more chamber-friendly elements apparent in the chorus. Strong songwriting is evident quickly, and never lets up in quality.

“Lonely Choir was one of the first songs that I wrote where I felt like it was something that could be on the album, although it wasn’t until I made a demo, adding bass and drum parts, that I felt the song was going to work,” Atkins says. “It took a bit of a new form once we started tracking in the studio, we swapped harmonica for woodwinds, Alex added the Rhodes, which I think really helped the song to get to somewhere that feels natural.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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