Chris Klimecky: “This Journey”

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Chris Klimecky is a producer and musician from the Seattle area. As the son of a professional symphonic violinist, Chris began his classical musical training early, but it was a chance encounter with Van Halen’s “1984″ at the age of 11 which triggered the start down a rock guitar path. Originally from Michigan, he toured much of the midwest in the 90’s as frontman for melodic prog rock band Jester’s Crown, releasing two full length CD’s – Above the Storm (1995) and Away (1998) – as well as the acoustic EP Where Daydreams Play (1996).

Moving to Seattle at the turn of the millennium, he continued forward, playing and recording all instruments in his home studio for the CD “Marooned” (2001). Twelve songs recorded between 2007-2009 with a variety of songwriting collaborations were brought together for the release, “Bankrupt Generation” (2010). He has also produced recordings for a number of artists and hosts a podcast for Songwriters in Seattle, a non-profit organization with over 500 member musicians which he organizes.

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After a major home studio upgrade, new songs for a 2012 release entitled “This Journey” are redefining the vision and production of Chris’s work. It is a new high watermark that he is thrilled to share with the world. “This Journey is the realization of a rock sound I’ve had in my head the last 20 years!” Chris says, It represents a vision I am truly proud of.”

Chris avoids falling into the morass of sameness plaguing many of his faceless post-grunge brethren and instead quietly establishes himself as one of the more intellectually stimulating progressive indie rock acts around. On “This Journey” Chris Klimecky consistently displays a deceptively simple approach that avoids bandwagon-jumping and instead focuses on hook-laden, guitar-driven manna with the occasional philosophical observation.

Avoiding any hint of didactic pretensions, Chris’s songwriting often touches on simple truths, be it his persevering experiences and the quest for guidance in the title track “This Journey”, the anguish and torment of delusion on the moving “Sunshine and Misery”, or the glory of inner-awareness addressed in “Age Old Story”.

Many of the songs included on this collection continue down the path of introspection, with rhythmically hard-hitting approaches and galactic vocal harmony arrangements very reminiscent of supergroup “YES”. In fact it is Klimecky’s elaborate musical arrangements which ultimately makes this album stand out amongst the competition.

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“Not Your Hero” seeks out a sense of security in an unsure future, while the quieter “Ride The Wind” displays an insistent acoustic guitar groove over a declaration of goodbye’s and new tomorrows.

I particularly like the melodious verses and boisterous, bouncy bridges and chorus lines of “Afterglow”.

Throughout the album Chris, whose vocal timbre is somewhere between platinum selling AOR bands Styx and REO Speedwagon, always keeps his musical arrangements raunchy and abundant. And whenever he has the occasion, he throws in some mighty slick guitar solos to spruce things up even further.

On “This Journey”, Chris Klimecky proves that melodies, guitar hooks and brainy concepts needn’t be mutually exclusive of each other.





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