Galapaghost is unlike most artists we write about. His extensive catalog is far from the realm of dance music, however, his interest in electronic music has been sowed into his 5th studio album entitled ‘Soothie’. Describe as more of an experiment that bloomed into an album, Galapaghost threw himself through the gauntlet to produce this almost entirely foreign genre of music, where he found his childhood to be his inspiration. He tinkered around with Apple’s Garageband music production software to jump start this 2 month project. You’ll his indie/rocks roots layered in the subtle overtones of the album and find sounds of trip hop and ambient throughout its entirety. Stand out singles include Bedtime and Jellyfish that both utilize a soothing, drone-like bassline to put your mind in a lull.
Galapaghost had this to say about his fifth studio album:
“I wrote, recorded and mixed Sootie entirely by myself over a two month period in the beginning of 2018. Only having a $600 budget for the album, I recorded the whole album at home with very little equipment. This album is much different than any of my previous albums because it is entirely electronic (besides a few songs with real bass). I really wanted to feel like an amateur and explore a brand new style that I could get lost in, but at the same time have a blast creating. I had always wanted to make an electronic album, so I bought a used Roland GAIA synth back in January and composed all of these songs using only that keyboard. Using sampled drums, I created drum loops in GarageBand, typically layering multiple drum loops on top of each other and distorting them, which gave the drums a rougher feel. That childlike feeling of discovering something new and beautiful was definitely the same type of feeling that I had while I was writing and recording these songs. Sootie was my childhood nickname given to me by my Dad, and a lot of the songs on this album are about childhood.” – Galapaghost
Galapaghost is the solo brainchild of Casey Chandler. Now based in Austin, Texas, Chandler has held an extensive career and passion for music with ‘Soothie’ being his first album out of 5 to be entirely electronic. Since 2010, Chandler has toured in North America and Europe alongside John Grant. His third album, ‘I Never Arrived’. that dropped in 2016 has seen over 2 million plays on Spotify. He’s even gotten a spot on the Netflix original 13 Reasons Why soundtrack with his single, ‘Salt Lake City’. The completion of ‘Soothie’ is yet another milestone accomplishment for the veteran musician.
Listen to ‘Soothie’ down below!