“Chappy Coat” begins as a gentle, creaky acoustic ditty, but Pat Keen is the type of restless, expansive songwriter who doesn’t keep things pleasantly in place for very long. Quickly the song ramps up, accompanied by hushed, hurried percussion as Keen’s voice stretches into higher harmonies. Soon enough, Keen’s resembling none other than Thundercat as he rides a woozy, soulful wave of rippling guitar lines. The single is off Keen’s debut solo LP Albatross, an 11-track effort that draws from his experience in the avant-rock outfit Wei Zhongle, as well as a touring member of both Guerilla Toss and Ryan Power’s band. But the extent of his musical range and virtuosity is all clearly exemplified alone by “Chappy Coat,” which constantly twists into new shapes while seamlessly maintaining its cohesion. Listen below.
Albatross is out 6/2 via Ramp Local. Pre-order it here.