“Penultimate” piano man: Alan Chapell

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Alan Chapell has taken the scenic route to developing his musical craft and he wouldn’t have it any other way.  His new album, “Penultimate,” is set for release June 15, 2019. It bridges innate musicality with worldly perspectives within the  the Internet age. He simplifies his efforts by using only one trumpet and one violin rather than full string and horn sections. This album evokes optimism with refreshing takes on media within the current climate of constant surveillance. Chapell has proven he has relevance beyond age 30, and claims he has yet to write his best song.

About Alan Chapell, in brief

Growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, Chapell had musical inclinations at an early age. He would begin to find his groove at age 8 while playing the first chair trumpet and learning classical piano at age 12. He became a regular organist at his church and built enough skill that he would go on school tours as a recognized pianist.

By age 15, he would begin recording with reputable producer Jimmy Lenner, who composed the soundtrack to “Dirty Dancing” with Patrick Swayze. This brought about invaluable experience in the form of failure. His youth coupled with self-imposed pressure led to an erosion of his love for writing music. Although his duration with Lenner was short-lived due to adolescent stubbornness and frustration, he still grew  from these interactions.

The New York City-based performer turns his critique of the Modern Age into poetry that so far is winning over fans and critics alike.

“I Am Zuck” by Alan Chapell

On the lead single from “Penultimate,” Chapell creates an amalgamation of progressive punk rock, retro modern rock, indie rock and some Americana. The single, “I Am Zuck,” covers the devolving privacy practices of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony.

In these hearings, Zuckerberg managed to deflect attention away from the way his social network has been collecting and utilizing data by shifting blame onto third parties. His failure to adequately monitor his machine was overlooked by uninformed government professionals who were unable to discern the most basic principles and features of Facebook. In any event, the topical song contains a dark aura but also enforces a strong Latin groove to spice things up. It contains well-arranged instrumentation, eerie accompaniments, unusual combinations of piano melodies, vibrant mariachi horn blasts and smooth mellow vibes.

The vocals are reminiscent of Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and instill a strong sense of detachment which is ultimately pounded home by gloomy lyrics.

Some key influences on Chapell are The Cure, Butthole Surfers and Peter Corriston. Corriston relayed the importance of visual imagery to Chapell. He emphasized that differentiation via artistic exhibitions on album cover art is paramount. Through working with Corriston, Chapell learned how crucial artwork is to recorded music and how it directly translates to success within the multi-faceted music industry.Chapell’s newest album, “Penultimate” is a collection of downright fantastic output. The work is sure to bring a smile to all who listen.

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