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Monday June 12, 2017

From Impose

WEEK IN POP: BLUE of NOON, COTILLON, GOSH!, SIDEWALK CHALK
By: Sjimon Gompers

Available today from the deep groove house of Ropeadope Records, Chicago institution Sidewalk Chalk released their fourth album that embraces the bloom & inspiration to rise up despite any & all harsh conditions. The art of pushing back against the harshest weather is illustrated on a full-length produced by Robert “Sput” Searight titled An Orchid is Born that orchestrates hymns for today’s tumultuous times that holds tight to the spirit of unity, acceptance, identity, respect & love triumphing over domestic/foreign/global injustices. A full-length that spans through the three movements of The Hope, The Loss & The Birth—the cycles of life’s schemes are illustrated with an impassioned spirit & hearts that affix their eyes on the world that they both know too well & an enlightened construct of a society they desire to live in.

Sidewalk Chalk uphold a torch for all of today, tomorrow & yesterday’s heroes & visionaries that seek a more beautiful & just world. The mighty crew of emcee Rico Sisney, vocalist Maggie Vagle, keyboardist Charlie Coffeen, bassist Josh Rosen, percussionist Jerrel Johnson, with the big brass horn section of Sam Trump & David Ben-Porat bring together their most expansive & all-inclusive visions & talents together on Orchid to remind us all of the natural beauty that blooms out from the seeds that blossom outward from beneath the surface. An Orchid is Born begins with “Infinite Growth” as Rico introduces the instinctive evolution of the self while offering up prayers of thanksgiving in a curtain rising number decorated like a cinematic movie opening. Sidewalk Chalk takes their conscious message back to the 40 acres & a mule basics of broken promises that finds the collective breaking the silence off modern day heartbreaks with a power-play that turns the tables with fervent purposes, open hearts & inspired, enlightened minds. Notions of time & patience are a recurring motif that reappears throughout the album heard on “Take the Time” that focuses on the importance of setting aside schedules for those that matter the most as “The Sitcom” dovetails beautifully that showcases that the collective could score theme music for all tomorrow’s television shows & situation comedies/dramas/etc. Thoughts of “being stuck in a house, not a home” are expressed on “Trapped” that finds Rico ruminating on the bonds & ties that bind that make one feel stuck in a situation they can’t break from…

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