Chase reveals new album artwork, debut single and track listing for Magdalene Me on Polari Magazine.
As music editor of Polari Magazine I am sent a lot of music, often from emerging LGBTQ artists wanting a platform to an audience that might understand them. Of course, as is often the case with home-grown music, some of it doesn’t quite make the grade, but I’m glad that Polari has such an open door policy with regards to submissions because it makes finding a really good artist incredibly gratifying. Too often it feels like marginally successful queer and trans artists are successful for just that – because they’re the only ones doing it. Far too few of these artists seem to be artists first, and LGBTQ second. Chase is one of the few.
I reviewed Chase before her transition, when her album Wine And Roses was released as Steve Garrett, and I was instantly struck by how good the material was. Going from androgynous to trans is not an easy step, but Chase has managed it flawlessly, and it is with great pleasure that Polari Magazine plays host to this exclusive – the reveal of the album art, first play of single ‘Nowhere to Run’ and the track listing from her forthcoming album Magdalene Me:
3. The Body
4. Nowhere to Run
5. Vertigo Child
6. Burn and Blow
9. Sinking Sky
‘Nowhere to Run’ is an industrial tinged slow jam, full of angst and raw emotion, with Chase’s voice at points heart wrenching and guttural. If Lana del Rey had written ‘Video Games’ the morning after a drunken night with Frank Ocean and Trent Reznor, this would have been the result, a song full of soul distorted with neuroses. The gorgeous chorus will embed itself in your brain, and I also think it’s lo-fi lyric video is pretty damn awesome.
Chase’s debut album Magdelene Me is out December 17, on Oregon based indie label Akashic Records, and it’s going to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. (Trust me – in my best Columbia voice – I know because “I’ve heard it!”). Let’s just say, if you like ‘Nowhere To Run’ then you’re in for a treat.
Till then, enjoy the single ‘Nowhere To Run’ below, which you can buy from Bandcamp by following this link.