Boy in the Background / solo stuff

Boy in the Background (album series)

Listen here (music coming sometime in the future). I keep postponing but I don’t think anyone even fucking reads this page, so does it even matter? haha. I’m finally putting a lot of this stuff out (spring 2021 as I write this). I’ve gotten rid of a proverbial albatross around my neck, the pandemic is (hopefully) near its end, and I’m excited to finally share this stuff with the world.

Chris Caulder – vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards

An acoustic guitar, a voice… occasionally some synths. About as lo-fi and as real as it gets. “Boy in the Background” is one of my many solo aliases. Inspired by all “teen angst” music, but primarily the honest/sincere, early music of Ben Lee and Frankie Cosmos, Boy in the Background is music for everyone who spends most of their time alone in their bedrooms, with only their favorite movies, songs and books  keeping them company. That’s how I’ve lived most of my life, and continue to.


Cassette Crush

me – vocals, guitar, bass, synth, drum machine

 

Cassette Crush is my happier alter-ego. Formerly a duo with Jen McGrath and myself, Jen and I parted ways on September 20th, 2017, but got back in touch recently (January 2020). I’m very grateful. Jen and I might collab on a handful of tracks for this release.

The music as Cassette Crush is inspired by 80s pop/new wave, The Smiths, upbeat dreampop (The Cure, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, etc) and even Fountains of Wayne. Cassette Crush ultimately is uptempo music with a melancholy lyrical twist.

Album coming soon (sometime 2021). Pandemic nearly over, and it is time to share my heart with the world, with this project, too.

Chris Caulder / solo

Listen here. Watch here.

me – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards/piano


photo by Alec Dakin

I am in the process of releasing solo music as simply “Chris Caulder”, and this music often falls into two categories:

  • instrumental (ambient/soundtracks, post rock, and solo, sparse piano), and
  • indie pop/folk (sad-bastard music in the vein of early Death Cab, Ben Lee, Jimmy Eat World, Jonathan Coulton, Elliott Smith, & Nada Surf).

Stay tuned for a LOT of stuff coming out (2021-2022). Here’s a short “movie-score”-ish collection I put out in 2017:

 

 

 

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