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[2011 in Review: Chapels, ‘I Have Tried’]

Chapels, 'I Have Tried' (House of Alchemy)

Adam Richards, the mastermind behind both Chapels and the Buffalo-based label House of Alchemy, has long cultivated an audio/visual aesthetic that is both antiquated and, shall we say, creepy. Whether it is the strangely archaic pictures that adorn many of his label’s releases or the weird collision of disquieting tape-warped sounds found on his Chapels recordings, one would not be totally out of line to wonder if Mr. Richards was perhaps a rather odd fellow from decades past.

And while both of these assumptions prove to be a complete misconception when one listens to the rather pleasant interview that Mr. Richards conducted on air with Upstate Soundscape host Needles Numark back in September, his 2011 mini-CD-R release I Have Tried only seems to re-affirm this guy’s antediluvian weirdness.  

In fact, to offer a visual comparison to I Have Tried–and much of Chapels’ work—one could look to the Japanese horror film Ringu or even David Cronenberg’s classic scifi-mindfuck Videodrome, whereby old analog sources like VHS tapes seem to serve as conduits to sinister supernatural realms. Likewise, this 3-track mini-disc could easily convince the unsuspecting listener that it—format aside—was created decades ago and contains within it latent paranormal possibilities. The purring voice that emerges among the bell-like clattering on “Part 1” or the warbled background discussion that underlies “Part 2” both infuse I Have Tried with a haunted aura that threatens to reach out and grab the listener by the you-know-whats.

The fact that I Have Tried was released on mini-disc–a format that many are no longer able to utilize—and in a super limited run only adds to this release’s well-crafted mystique.

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Review by Taylor Waite


[archive: Halloween Special, 10.26.11]

1) Ric Royer and G Lucas Crane, “Welcome to the Dark Cabinet,” Welcome to the Dark Cabinet (ehse records)
2) Ennio Morricone, “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage,” The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (CERBERUS)
2) Tangerine Dream, “Main Title,” Sorcerer OST (MCA)
3) Goblin, “Suspiria-Orginale,” Suspiria OST (Cinevox Records)
4) Hector Berlioz, “Symphonie Fantastique,” The Shining OST (Warner Bros.)
5) Howard Shore, “Welcome to Videodrome,” Videodrome OST (Varese Sarabande)
6) Mike Oldfield, “Part One,” Tubular Bells (Virgin)
7) David Lynch, “Crazy Clown Time,” (Sunday Best)

8) Sleep Terror Disorder,” Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (Output:NOISE)
9) Lee Rosevere, “Trick or Treat”/Ric Royer and G Lucas Crane, “Man with One Eye and a Hook for a Hand”/Ghostly Sounds, “The Ghosts from Outer Space” (live mix)
10) Mater Suspiria Vision, “Das Haus der Hexe,” Inverted Triangle (Clan Destine/Phantasma Disques)
11) Salem, “Killing Time,” King Knight (IAM Sound)
12) Atlas Sound, “Ghost Story,” Let the Blind Lead Those Who can See But Cannot Feel (Kranky)
13) Moon Duo, “Killing Time,” Killing Time EP (Sacred Bones)
14) The Harmonites, “Ghost Rock,” Resonance
15) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Fright Night (Nevermore),” Before Today (4AD)
16) Radiohead, “Give up the Ghost (Brokenchord RMX),” TKOL Remixes 1234567 (XL Recordings)
17) Wired We Were, “Burial Train”