Steal This Track: Chimney Choir and Sonaris - Reverb

Steal This Track: Chimney Choir and Sonaris

Denver's Chimney Choir is: David Rynhart (left), Kevin Larkin and Kris Drickey. Photo by Ian Hutchison.

Denver's Chimney Choir is: David Rynhart (left), Kevin Larkin and Kris Drickey. Photo by Ian Hutchison.


Ah, Presidents Day! Time to don your presidential finery, stuff yourself with presidential goodies and roam the neighborhood, singing presidential carols. Yes, if there’s one thing that we associate with Presidents Day — other than this pounding headache from having an extra night out this weekend — it’s music. And so, without further ado, Steal This Track brings you your Presidents Day presents — free Colorado music from freaky indie folkies Chimney Choir and eclectic electronic artist Sonaris. Your forefathers insist that you steal.

We first introduced you to Chimney Choir with a stolen track back in July. Since that time, the trio of Kris Drickey, David Rynhart and Kevin Larkin has continued to refine its eccentric brand of Americana into something truly original. Borrowing from the musicians’ diverse backgrounds, and incorporating some experimental and progressive influences, Chimney Choir has become a band to watch in Denver.

In fact, the best way to experience the threesome’s unique blend of traditional and out-there music is live, when traditional instruments are combined with suitcases, trash cans and even a ladder to create a sonic and visual performance unlike most you’ll see. You can catch the band this Saturday, Feb 25, at the Hi-Dive, performing with Dan Craig and the Raven and the Writing Desk. Best of all, you’ll be able to take home a souvenir, in the form of the band’s new live album, “(ladder).” We’ve heard it and it’s delightful. Whether you’re able to make it to the show or not, steal “All in Your Mind” to get an idea of what this group can do. You won’t be disappointed.

A rare glimpse of Denver electronic musician, Sonaris. Photo courtesy of the artist.

A rare glimpse of Denver electronic musician, Sonaris. Photo courtesy of the artist.


And speaking of not being disappointed, we couldn’t be more excited about the new album from Sonaris. We told you about this rising electronic artist back in June, when he shared “Pandemonium” with us. At the time, we didn’t realize this was a sneak preview of his sophomore release, “Afterlove,” which was released last month on Denver’s Addictive Vibe Records and has been on repeat for us ever since.

“Afterlove,” (which you can cop from Beatport) continues to showcase the composer’s ability to synthesize a wide swath of influences into his own sub-genre of electronic dance music that is progressive, expressive and remarkably melodic. Overall, the mood of “Afterlove” is much lighter and happier than his previous release, “Arrelari.” Incorporating plenty of house and ’80s synth-pop (think Vince Clarke) bounce feels, the record is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a wiggle in your backside. Steal “Love Is Not Enough” to hear why this album is bound to launch Sonaris into further global notoriety, and we hope it also introduces more folks in his home state to this noteworthy talent.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.

Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.