Chris Robley & The Fear Of Heights
Movie Theater Haiku
Cutthroat Pop; 2009
Guest Contributor: Nathan Slatter
I settle into my recliner, boot up my laptop, and plug in headphones so I can partake of the musical nourishment served up by Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights. I’ve not heard of Robley, so I look forward to the following excursion into sonic wonderment.
From the first of the courses served, I find myself intrigued by this music pouring from the spout of my ‘phones. It is different; yet, not in a bad way – not in a way that an artist is trying too hard to be different; I could name a few rather popular bands these days who are selling their souls to the popularity of difference without actually producing music that moves and intrigues. No, Chris Robley does not sell his soul to clichéd diversity.
I find myself looking forward to each taste of musical expression — excited to see what happens ’round the corner where the tastes seem to becoming more bold and unexpected. The music is a great culmination of sounds that I would not expect to hear come together. From modern rock to a bit of techno, with some ‘50s rock and ‘80s pop scattered throughout the project.
The lyrics that accompany these tracks of acceptable diversity are able to hold their own and are worthy of mention. From the inability to relate to God found in “Atheist’s Prayer” to the picturesque burlesque in “Permanent Fixture of Regret”, Robley’s lyrics are as real, as strange, as good as his music.
I’m reminded a bit of TV on the Radio. Not that these two groups sound the same, because they don’t, but I leave their sanctuaries of music amazed at their ability to meld together such vast musical differences and doing so in a way that is inexplicably marvelous. I’m not sure what genre Robley falls under, so I will simply place him in the category of “Music I Like.”
Nathan Slatter is a self proclaimed geek, quasi-philosopher, and libertarian. He has his own sliver of the web at http://nathanslatter.com, where he writes – occasionally.