Former Apes & Androids member and New York artist, Morgan Z, has returned to electrify us all with his solo project, Chrome Canyon. This mad synth scientist has got time travel on lock, beaming back and forth through eras with a futuristic-vintage sound on his debut album, Elemental Themes, having just been released yesterday (Oct. 9) on Stones Throw Records. Chrome Canyon will take hold of your imagination, shove it in a unidentified flying object, hit hyper speed, and steer it into deep areas of the unknown.
After his split with Apes & Androids, Chrome Canyon returned to the modular board to begin his experiments back in Brooklyn. While developing his own invigorating sound, Chrome Canyon pumped out remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Anoraak, Passion Pit, and Foster the People, all of which are available for free on his soundcloud. In addition to Chrome Canyon’s musical abilities, he also self directs his own videos. Check out this synth-funk, B-movie-esque video for, Memories of A Scientist.
Recently, I was lucky enough to experience Chrome Canyon’s first LA performance, a release party hosted by Highland Park record store, Mount Analog, for his debut album, Elemental Themes. It was a great turnout. People started trickling in just before Chrome Canyon took the stage and performed a mesmerizing live set consisting of a magical theremin, complex synth setup, a live drummer, bassist, and a guest vocalist for a beautiful track not featured on the record. That night Mount Analog carried advanced copies of, Elemental Themes, and I happened to be the first one in the entire galaxy to own it, hence the #1 next to his signature.
Thank You, Chrome Canyon and everyone at Mount Analog for an unforgettable night! Make sure to pick up your copy of Chrome Canyon’s, Elemental Themes at the shop, and may I strongly urge everyone to try and catch a live performance when Chrome Canyon comes to town. If you live in NYC, you can catch him performing all next week. You wont be disappointed.
Live in NYC w/ Chrome Canyon
10/12: 285 Kent
10/16: Cameo Gallery
10/18: Glasslands Gallery
10/26: Cameo Gallery