Album Review – Chase Huglin, You Deserve An Island

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Chase Huglin

You Deserve An Island - InVogue Records

Chase Huglin is a singer songwriter based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, You Deserve An Island is his debut album, which was released at the end of last month, whilst this is his first full length it his second release for InVogue Records, and it follows on from the Glow EP that was released last year. Fort Wayne is by all accounts a sleepy sprawling clone town, but importantly it is one that has spawned it’s own unique DIY scene amongst the coffee shops and chain stores, Chase Huglin is a product of this scene and his sound is a million miles away from the DIY scene I’m used to here in the UK, which is a somewhat noisier affair.

Opening track Wind Chimes is almost whispered, as I was at a concert last night I had to check my speakers are switched on, this sets the tone for what is a seriously laid back acoustic album. Every track is a soundtrack to quiet moments and dubious smokes enjoyed over coffee and late nights, You Deserve An Island is an album that doesn’t even put the key in the ignition, let alone get out of first gear. This is the kind of album that I would have to be in the right mood for, when I needed something that suited winding down in the transitional stage of the night that lies between late at night and early in the morning.

There is no doubting Chase Huglin‘s songwriting ability, however, You Deserve An Island is all delivered in a quiet acoustic style, and this is such a consistently mellow album that I found that it just drifted over me, and I had to start it again as I found I hadn’t noticed it’s passing, and exactly the same thing happened again. Personally I felt it needed something to wake things up, even for just one track, just so the album reminded you it was there, but if you are in the mood for some well crafted easy going acoustic tracks then You Deserve An Island could well be the album you need.

You can download You Deserve An Island here or purchase the album on physical formats here