Michael Chapman–The Aviator

Most artists are happy to use their lengthiest tracks as a denouement to their albums.  Michael Chapman takes the opposite approach, using the nearly ten minute The Aviator to kick off his second LP, Fully Qualified Survivor.  Despite a quick slice of moody atmosphere at the beginning, the track is largely an example of gentle repetition.  Chapman’s mournful vocals and simple strumming are accompanied by barely-there drums and lightly playful strings.  With a chorus-free structure and no discernible plot, it’s an easy, meandering piece that stretches out in a way that makes you think it could go on forever.  When its softly rolling momentum finally does end, with almost no fanfare, it still somehow manages to feel truncated, leaving the listener pining for more of the lulling tune.

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