Mysterious and enigmatic Australian producer Chapel is back and with him comes a whole new sonic escapade in the form of his latest single, ‘Drive Lights.’
Inspired by the eerie, surreal romanticism and menacing tension of the film Mulholland Drive, as well as the idea of speeding along winding, back desert roads with city lights twinkling on the horizon, the song is a pulsating and throbbing concoction drum and synth sounds Chapel soaked up from ’80s and ’90s film scores, with the intension of scoring the film that plays inside his own brain.
Despite possessing the same zest as its predecessor – the cult, vaporwave debut single ‘Do The Marino’ – ‘Drive Lights’ explores darker, murkier r’n’b terrain, thanks to the soulful vocals of guest singer T.J Ferrari. And yet the song still offers a glimmer of light through its thick melodies and zooming fireworks – all before the signature Chapel sound of reverberating horns and heavy 808s come together and burst into frame, sending the whole song into a completely new trap galaxy.
“I’m always sort of trying to traverse that line between a little bit tongue in cheek, but also being quite heart felt and sincere,” says Chapel of his compositions. “It’s got a heart on your sleeve kind of aspect, which I think David Lynch’s songs often do,” he says of the legendary musician and director of Mullholland Drive.
With the release of two warped and wild singles under his belt, Chapel is now preparing to emerge from the shadows to perform some of his first ever live shows, including an appearance at the recently announced Melbourne music industry summit, CHANGES to be held July 4th and 5th. He’ll be showcasing both released and unreleased material and actively seeking out the best and brightest to join his cult following.
Don’t Miss Chapel Live:
The Grace Darling, Melbourne
Thursday 5th July – Doors: 7.30pm