Chris Reardon has just released his ‘From The Outside In’ EP, a collection of songs about dealing with changing circumstances; being an emotional voyeur and how the outside world affects you.
The opening track from the EP is ‘Acid Rain’, an acoustic folk ballad was written when Chris had just come out of a 4-year relationship, left his old band and moved to London. The video was shot on a deserted beach in Margate away from the main town. Filmed at sundown it follows an older character who perhaps hasn’t been able to get over his past relationships all these years later. The juxtaposition of beautiful imagery and grittiness mirrors the song’s lyrics perfectly.
Watch the video for ‘Acid Rain’ BELOW:
‘Seeing Double’ was written and recorded the day Chris arrived back from a backpacking trip to Vietnam. “Being back in the UK felt so surreal. Vietnam seemed like a long-lost dream.” Written by Chris as a way of processing the feelings he was having after travelling for weeks, the song came quickly.
Next up is ‘Bombay’. A hopeful journeyman tune about leaving the past behind and looking brightly to the future. The EP closes with ‘If You’re Gone I’m Going Under’, written at a point where Chris’ relationship was falling apart. Feeling helpless with little money, Chris kept the production of the song sparse and stripped back – allowing the emotion to come to the fore.
Reardon spent much of his childhood in Hong Kong, before moving to London – drawn as so many others before him by the sounds of the Beatles and Led Zep and later entranced by the likes of Laura Marling and Bon Iver.
Ever eschewing the formulaic, for Chris, songwriting is about trying to capture the moment of inspiration instead of formulating lyrics about a specific subject.
‘From The Outside In’ EP Track-Listing:
1. Acid Rain
2. Seeing Double
4. If You’re Gone, I’m Going Under
Catch Chris Reardon live:
6th October – The Slaughtered Lamb, London (Full band headline show)
9th October – The Crofters Rights, Bristol *Supporting Juanita Stein (Howling Bells)
18th October – Taking Heads, Southampton (Solo Show)
21st Oct – Oxjam Music Festival, Crystal Palace (Solo Show)
1st November – Gwdihw, Cardiff (Solo Show)
10th November – The Slaughtered Lamb, London *Supporting John Power (Cast/The La’s)
25th November – The Slaughtered Lamb, London *Supporting Winter Mountain