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Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but for the moment let's keep him to ourselves ok?  

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Chaos Isn’t Single by Chris Weisman
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 March 2018

There's something fascinating about Chris Weisman's music as he is one of an decreasing populace of songwriters who take an their initial influence the odd 70s pop of the likes of Alex Chilton and Todd Rungren though the difference being that Weisman whispers quietly into a four track rather than creating something that could be anywhere near 70s radio. He comes across like an early Elliott Smith that isa determined to never choose the easy way around a song. Therefore his pieces are often angular and discordant and kinda frustrating at times firstly as the production is so limited that with a bit more oomph his songs could really hit hard. But secondly his whimsy can be a bit McCartney-esque. I'll forgive him though as it's nice to play a song and not being exactly sure where it's headed. 

This is a vinyl version of a 2015 CDr original and has lots of interesting ideas as he wanders his way around thirteen idiosyncratic tracks. You kind of spend the album willing him on, to make a great track that will go to the places he obviously admired went to. 'Nothing More But You' gets closest  - a gorgeous melody that could have emerged out of 'McCartney 1'. Frustrating but unique. Chris Weisman is going somewhere though I'm not sure we...or him know where that is.  



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