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Chameleon Jersey

​Gone
self-released; 2018

3.6 out of 5

By Anndra Boyack

Chameleon Jersey is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist who just released Gone. Get ready to experience the psychedelic, techno sound of Chameleon Jersey. The artist works soundscape, spoken-word synthesizers and live instruments as an experimental producer.

​​Chameleon Jersey creates an ambient, electronica, psychedelic vibe in their released album Gone which crafts a creative sound. While I was listening I got lost in the serene vibes and felt like I was taking steps into other dimensions while hearing different elements.

“Ascended Masters” has a dramatic stealthy ambience. It is a sound I could imagine hearing on an RPG video game, while sneaking through the dark. Making me want to move but be weary about it.

Take a floating trip through space with “Stargate.” Standing out against the others this track is a favorite. It comes in heavy with a techno theme, while slowly tripping towards the psychedelic aspect of Chameleon Jersey.

“A Deepness in The Sky” brings a sound like The Doors meets Jefferson Airplane. It is a psychedelic track that loses you in the bass guitar riffs. Beautifully mastered with layers combining together perfectly. This song shows off the experimental side of Chameleon Jersey. Chameleon Jersey was featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 radio show and also showing up on the lineup at Tiger Fest 2008. Treading into different ventures to grow the name of Chameleon Jersey.

Throwing in a hand and producing a number of projects. Chameleon Jersey records and produces out of the comfort of a home studio. The comfortability can be heard listening to Gone.
Gone is the best way to describe this album. Mellow beats hit you while experiencing getting sucked into a 13-track album of diversity. Chameleon Jersey showing the true meaning of blending.

The album Gone is a lovely flow of ambient techno with some acoustic elements. Definitely something to enjoy over and over again. Each song can be listened to and can give a new meaning every time. Enjoy!

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Chameleon Jersey releases a new EP, entitled ‘Soir’.

The brainchild of songwriter David Altair, the new four track download-only release follows last year’s sophomore effort ‘Gone’.

That 13-track effort was described as as “a bit more beat driven compared to the first Chameleon Jersey (2017’s ‘My Own Actual Brain’)… with a flavour of ambient techno to it.”

The latest release, with four brand-new tracks on it, continues the theme of big beats, apart from perhaps closing track ‘Dreamer’

Chameleon Jersey album review by Ian Simpson

“The artist, David Altair has put together a good mix of well structured and balanced
Electronica type music on his latest mini album.

There are good beats and a catchy mixture of electronica of an ambient nature, sometimes psychedelic sounding and the use of arpeggio which is very effective.

The tracks Away and Wavestation are examples where one could just lie back with eyes closed and imagine either flying through the air, skimming across the waters in a yacht or power boat or just sitting relaxing on a fast train.  What is True has some catchy keyboard throughout and the artist has also included some effective vocals on certain of his tracks.

Overall I would say that the artist, David Altair has put together a very good mix of well structured, balanced songs with some catchy keyboard all in his own unique genre.”

 

 

'Is this music' Review of 'My Own Actual Brain'

Sometimes, just sometimes, music which defies definition and explanation forces its way into your consciousness. However, this isn’t always a good thing. Happily, Chameleon Jersey – the mysterious ‘David’ only abetted by a visual artist – are an act (we can’t use the term band) who, while straddling simultaneously the ambient and experimental genres, make something which also chucks in beautiful, intriguing and engrossing into the mix of helpful adjectives. Broadly it’s what you might expect to find in the score of a high-quality and slightly arty film, but thanks to what we’d have to call ‘songwriting’ it’s never dull – never too invasive, but certainly not background music. From the orchestral sweeps of opener ‘Alone As One’ via the oceanic ambience of ‘Paintings of Eden’ all the way to the thoroughly chilled ‘Mantra IV’, there’s a certain majesty as Mr Jersey paints pictures in the mind of the listener. Vocals and beats are in short supply – though ‘Last Orders’ should act as a dancefloor filler should they get a gig at T in the Park’s Slam tent, while ‘The Way It’s Meant To Be’s acoustic strum sounds like it’s been dropped in from another album. However, there’s more than enough for fans of Ennio Morricone & Vangelis, but also 80s electropop, Satie, Underworld, and for anyone who’s ever stayed all the way through the credits because they want to know who did the soundtrack.

Sometimes, just sometimes, music which defies definition and explanation forces its way into your consciousness. However, this isn’t always a good thing. Happily, Chameleon Jersey – the mysterious ‘David’ only abetted by a visual artist – are an act (we can’t use the term band) who, while straddling simultaneously the ambient and experimental genres, make something which also chucks in beautiful, intriguing and engrossing into the mix of helpful adjectives. Broadly it’s what you might expect to find in the score of a high-quality and slightly arty film, but thanks to what we’d have to call ‘songwriting’ it’s never dull – never too invasive, but certainly not background music. From the orchestral sweeps of opener ‘Alone As One’ via the oceanic ambience of ‘Paintings of Eden’ all the way to the thoroughly chilled ‘Mantra IV’, there’s a certain majesty as Mr Jersey paints pictures in the mind of the listener. Vocals and beats are in short supply – though ‘Last Orders’ should act as a dancefloor filler should they get a gig at T in the Park’s Slam tent, while ‘The Way It’s Meant To Be’s acoustic strum sounds like it’s been dropped in from another album. However, there’s more than enough for fans of Ennio Morricone & Vangelis, but also 80s electropop, Satie, Underworld, and for anyone who’s ever stayed all the way through the credits because they want to know who did the soundtrack.

Chameleon Jersey comment by George from Indie Panda

Hey David, I was browsing through Bandcamp this afternoon and came across your album. Interesting mix of psychedelia, ambient and electronic. I throught there was a great ethereal quality to a lot of your work and the production is actually really well suited to your genre. Definitely an interesting sonic identity

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