Chet Sounds - Chet Sounds (TES020)
About the Album
Chet Sounds is the solo project by enigmatic DIY artist Chet Tucker, most recognised for his contributions to Sydney psych-folk outfit The Uplifting Bell Ends. Similar to the Bell Ends, Chet’s creations have a timeless nature, with noticeable shades of 70’s classic rock, folk and psychedelia. Connections can be heard linking his home grown productions with influences like Neil Young, The Band, The Beach Boys and Todd Rundgren.
Blending vintage coloured recording equipment with intricate melodies, genius arrangements and technical brilliance (particularly spacious fuzz guitar), Chet takes his listener through bygone eras tonally while singing folk tales themed around coming of age and facing up to various struggles of life.
Chet’s love for wearing both composer and producer hats stems from watching countless music documentaries as a boy, buying his first Tascam four track at the age of 16 after seeing Ween using one in a video.
“I've always appreciated the people working behind the scenes and feel like I have a strong connection with producers and engineers and how they bring musical ideas to life. I wanted to do that with my own music.”
Chet’s self titled debut album is the perfect passage to his own hyper-creative mind with 13 tracks of DIY psychedelic folk music made entirely in a 1970’s caravan.
Around half the tracks are exclusively instrumental, which given their exquisite complexity, never fail to maintain an engaged ear. The rest tell tales of finding one’s place in the world, embracing individuality and paying tribute to his pet cat (Sticks?).
Released July 9, 2021
All songs written and performed by Chet Sounds
Jack Diaz-Pethan plays fuzz guitar on track 13, bass and flute on track 11
Sunny Tucker plays congas on track 12
Jayden Wilson on backing vocals for tracks 2 and 11
Recorded and mixed by Chet, at home
Additional mixing and production by Rick Snowden
Mastered by Owen Penglis at Goliath Recording Studio
Cover Art by Tomas Walmsley