March 4th will mark the release of Chappo’s sophomore effort, Future Former Self. Although the effort will be the follow up to the band’s 2012 debut, Moonwater, which included the iPodcommercial-featured single “Come Home,” the sophomore album is a bit of a sonic and thematic departure. Future Former Self is a concept album with a very specific narrative — the songs follow one man, Rene Cogitio on a journey to a black hole. Thematically, the material manages to tackle both the abstract notion of time (as we know it), and its fleeing nature. In fact, throughout the album the band explores the idea that in almost any given moment, the future and past can cave in on themselves, leaving us with an inexplicably surreal reality where one is confronted with his “future former self.”
“I Don’t Need the Sun” is the airy and obviously psychedelic first single from the album, and in some way it bears a resemblance to Phenomenal Handclap Band, Vampire Weekend and Oracular Spectacular-era MGMT as the material manages to sound both old and refreshingly new while being dreamily surreal. The recently released remix scrubs away most of the psychedelica of the original for the most part, replacing with room rattling bass and buzzing synths and sparse beats, making the song feel decidedly minimalist.