Harmonious Fusion, A Review of the Debut Album by Chris Blades and the Ensemble

This album “The Wastrel” offers a breath of fresh air in the music scene, blending a unique fusion of past and future sounds with a focus on timeless songwriting. It’s a captivating blend of the weird and the familiar, with an experimental sonic landscape that intrigues. The musicians, hailing from diverse backgrounds, come together seamlessly, creating intricate harmonies that stand out as some of the finest in the industry.


Chris Blades and producer Christo Graham take the reins in recording, while the live performance showcases Blades as the lead singer and 12-string electric guitarist. The band’s lineup is a testament to their versatility, with Cameron Reed on guitars, Chelsea Preston on bass, Gaby Grice on synths, Annelise Lus on autoharp and melodica, and Moon on drums, all contributing to the rich tapestry of sound.

The album’s genesis during the Omicron shutdown adds a unique layer to its narrative. With a mere two-week writing period and a swift five-day recording stint, the result is a testament to their creative prowess. The tracks delve into themes of loneliness, alienation, and the artist’s internal struggle with perceived failure. It’s an introspective journey that resonates with anyone who’s grappled with the fear of not living up to their potential.

The standout single, “I’m in Love,” caught the attention of the syndicated radio show Corby’s Orbit, highlighting the band’s promising trajectory. With influences like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and David Bowie, their sound pays homage to the golden eras while carving out a distinct space of their own. In essence, this album is a live experience that transcends generations, a testament to the enduring power of music.

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