On June 26, Chris Price's solo debut album, Homesick, will be released by PTB Music. The collection's first single, "That's Your Boyfriend,"is currently iTunes' "Single of the Week" and - beginning today - the digital album will be available a month early exclusively on the iTunes Store.
Price recorded each song on the 12-track collection in a different Los Angeles location, using his iPhone and Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder App. The deluxe edition of Homesick will also include 12 corresponding videos, shot with an iPhone by his friend Kyle Safieh.
At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 23, Price will discuss the making of Homesick and perform songs from the collection at the Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA, located at 1248 Third Street Promenade. He will also perform at The Satellite in Echo Park this Friday, May 25.
The video for the lead single, "That's Your Boyfriend," was shot at the Greek Theatre - after Price, Safieh and a small string section hopped the fence to gain access. You can check it out at:
"The videos not only document the recording process, they serve as standalone music videos," says Price, who also took his mobile studio to the Griffith Park Observatory, the Nuart Theatre, The Getty Center and numerous other locations. "Each video each has its own distinct style that captures the feel of the song and also works within the context of the whole album. We used the app 8mm, which has a nice grainy, vintagey look to it and a lot of other cool stuff."
Oddly enough, the iPhone enabled Price to simulate the antiquated analog recording process employed by some of his favorite artists - Nick Drake, The Kinks, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
"I wanted to make a record the way they did it back in '64 - with four tracks, no overdubs, no punching in and with complete takes," he says.
This crisp, off the cuff sensibility perfectly suits Price's subversive style of pop music. His quirky, cheerful demeanor brings a fresh perspective to the weighty topics explored in songs like "Suicide" and "The Last Supper." Even when delving into more traditional subjects like romance, Price exhibits a wry lyrical approach that recalls artists such as Matthew Sweet, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello.
Throughout the proceedings, Price accompanied himself on guitar, keyboards, bass, tambourine and, occasionally, drums. Homesick features guest appearances by Lucy Walsh and Rooney's Taylor Locke and Ned Brower.