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CHRIS SUNFIELD IS A NEW ARTIST, BUT NOT SO NEW. HE QUIETLY WROTE SONGS FOR DECADES WHILE DOING SOMETHING ELSE FOR A LIVING. A PERIOD OF ADVERSITY CHANGED EVERYTHING. IT FORCED HIM TO FOCUS ON MUSIC AS A WAY OF COPING AND LED TO HIS UNEXPECTED RE-INVENTION AS A RECORDING ARTIST.
Chris recorded his first songs in high school. He was accepted into a university music program despite not knowing how to read music. He struggled and soon switched majors, eventually receiving a PhD in psychology and ending up as a consultant.
Years passed. He was comfortable but regretful. Hundreds of half-written songs languished on fading scraps of paper and deteriorating tapes. If he had died suddenly, that big box of music would have ended up in landfill.
Then came a perfect storm. Close friends died. Career missteps. A move to a remote area isolated him from friends. And finally, an accident hospitalized him. It felt like rock bottom. He was a behavioural scientist facing his own dark night of the soul.
Still on crutches, he dug out all of his music gear and wrote his first completed song in years as a way of coping. It re-awakened him as an artist. He sold his house, moved back to the city, and began working with producers. Eventually, the singles The Little Things, Predator, and Don’t Kill Me were released.
Chris’s new EP Far Away Objects drops on all platforms on January 28, 2022. Filled with baroque and symphonic pop stylings, Far Away Objects will be an existential and cosmological journey, as well as a clarion call to listeners to live authentically and realize their full potential before it’s too late.
Chris writes all lyrics, music, and arrangements for other instruments. He sings vocals, plays all guitars, and sometimes plays bass and keyboards.
"Begin to become you"
– from the song Begin
MUSIC & VIDEO
FAR AWAY OBJECTS
Musically, the four songs on Far Away Objects are lush, symphonic pop suites with baroque and ambient textures echoing the sounds of Mike Oldfield, Marillion, and Peter Gabriel. Sunfield’s voice and guitars intermingle with analog synthesizers, string quartets, synthetic choirs, and angelic female backing vocals.
Lyrically, Far Away Objects is a concept EP, exploring existential themes of living authentically and realizing one’s potential, while accepting that achievements are often gained at the expense of intimacy. The ‘far away objects’ in the lyrics are sometimes astronomical bodies, but also other people, as well as the songs themselves, some of which remained unfinished for years.
In all, Far Away Objects is a progressive pop polyptych, a cosmological journey, and a clarion call to answer your calling and fulfill your dreams before it’s too late.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Predator is one of those tragically rare singles that you could listen to a thousand times and still feel assured that you would take something new from the next listen.
With the orchestral scores against the enlivening jangle-pop riffs that prop up the layered choral vocals, Tomorrow’s Here is a sure-fire serotonin fix.