Places You’ve Been is largely self-produced, and it contains eight solid tracks imbued with an indomitable essence of heartfelt authenticity.
Ho has made a name for himself in Victoria with his upbeat indie folk-rock, a combination that sounds better than ever on his debut full-length, City Of Dust.
Folk has definitely shown itself to have a strong staying power, weaving in and out of alternative and pop eras alike. These days, it’s been commercialized to a degree many would never have expected. This said, there’s still heart left to follow in so many artists. For Now is a song that comes at a height of many similar contemporaries. Chris Ho doesn’t however walk in line with the rest waiting for his due. He strides confidently with a sense of class attached to his charmingly influenced roots.
Singer-songwriter Chris Ho is like a character out of a Wes Anderson film: quirky, deliberate, a full deck of hearts tucked up his sleeve.
The new record is a skillful assortment of eight distinctive yet similarly styled folk-rock tracks. Most of the songs are built on a strikingly simple acoustic framework of guitar and piano that grounds the music and shifts focus to the lyrics, playing to Ho’s strength of storytelling.
Sometimes all you need is a good story. Singer-songwriter Chris Ho clearly knows this, as he’s got the whole storytelling bit down to an art, as shown throughout his newest record.
The songs on City Of Dust benefited from a long incubation period. Ho spent a lot of time dreaming up the rich textures and complicated arrangements that give the songs their shape…