Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Chris Stamey - "Universe-sized Arms" (audio) (Premiere)

North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Stamey got a chance to play around with unreleased Ryan Adams track. The result is the straightforward alt-rock of "Universe-sized Arms".

As the opening track on Chris Stamey's latest studio outing, Euphoria, "Universe-sized Arms" is a clear statement of intent for the rest of the record. The album ties into Stamey's long legacy as a musician for many reasons, not the least of which is the guitar he plays on the songs: “I found these songs inside the same dilapidated old Silvertone lipstick guitar that I'd written my first records on. Maybe that's why it sounds a bit like those records in some ways.” Dilapidated or not, there's definitely verve in Euphoria, and in particular "Universe-sized Arms", an unreleased Ryan Adams track given to Stamey by the man himself.

Stamey tells PopMatters a bit about the tune, "Ryan Adams sent this to me without footnotes, so I can't speak to his lyrical intent. To me, it's about meeting a lover for the first time, that sense of being completed and enveloped by another person, with everything happening in double time. I like that it reminds me both of 'Interstellar Overdrive' by Syd's Pink Floyd and a lost Psychedelic Furs track, especially with Mitch Easter's ringing guitar colors. I added the strings and horns to make it a bit more like 'Live and Let Die'".



Euphoria is out on 2 June via Yep Roc. "Universe-sized Arms" is available as an instant download when you pre-order Euphoria on iTunes.

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.