The Chris & Carla Retrospective Has Appeared

Carla Torgerson and Chris Eckman are known in the folk scene as the owners of the band The Walkabouts. They founded the band in Seattle in the late 1980s. The group became popular a few years later. Because when the grunge revolution broke out in the city, the Walkabouts were the only band in town that did not indulge in rock. On the other hand, the Walkabouts used delicate melodies dedicated to the great folk tradition. There is no suprise that the USA did not make the big breakthrough. However, the Walkabouts could swear by a loyal fan base who accompanied them until 2015 in Europe. Then the band broke up.

The Chris & Carla Retrospective Has Appeared
The Chris & Carla Retrospective Has Appeared

Less known than the main band is a side project of the two main protagonists. Carla Torgerson and Chris Eckman were also a couple in private for a long time. Together they performed spontaneously in 1993, which led to the founding of the side project Chris & Carla. The two released a live CD of the show. The record was well-received, so Torgerson and Eckman went into the studio to follow an entire album. Life Full of Holes turned out to be an extraordinary work that was in no way inferior to the band albums.

Europe Was Their Home

Stuart Staples of the English band Tindersticks returned the favour for a guest appearance by Carla Torgerson on his band’s second album and sang a duet with her. The song Take Me was the highlight of the album and became a classic. Encouraged by the positive response to the solo work, Chris & Carla started making more records. Whenever the time between the tours of their main band permits, the two publish different results. In the period from 1993 to 2007, they made a total of four albums. As if that weren’t enough, Torgerson and Eckman also went on tour together. These took them across Europe, where they raved the Walkabouts fans and won numerous new fans. Soon the old continent became not only their musical but also their private home.

Europe Was Their Home
Europe Was Their Home

Now their German record company has decided to publish a retrospective of the duo for the first time. The three studio albums were not released on vinyl when they were initially released. The box Velvet Fog: The Studio Recordings contains the three studio albums on vinyl and CD. The box also includes a 16-page booklet with liner notes by Chris Eckman. Spontaneity was always the focus of this musical project. Chris & Carla never planed the first songs for an entire album, and yet it happened. Guest musicians appeared numerous and played as the mood took them. Rehearsals rarely or never took place. It was important for the two protagonists to let the creative energy flow. You can describe the style of music as folktronica. The playful turn to electronics gave rise to the music, which ultimately found space on three studio works. Here drum machines meet wind instruments, banjos and strings. 13 years after the end of the project, fans can now find the entire studio work on one box for the first time.

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