Exposé Online banner

Chris Richards and the Subtractions — A Smattering of Mystery and Sound
(Sugarbush Records SB013, 2017, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-11

A Smattering of Mystery and Sound Cover art

Chris Richards and The Subtractions have been recording for over 10 years and A Smattering of Mystery and Sound is a compilation of songs from their previous albums assembled specifically for a vinyl-only release on Sugarbush Records. The thirteen tracks are a variety of love songs with pleasant vocal harmonies. There is an element of garage psych on one or two songs as well as jangling guitars. Though some song titles may sound familiar “She Belongs to Me” and “Can’t Quit Her,” these are not the Bob Dylan or Al Kooper songs from the late 60s. The one song that caught my attention is “She’s Just Falling out of Love,” an acoustic singer-songwriter song with a West Coast C&W vibe. So if you are looking for a set of charming songs with cheerful vocal harmonies, this album is for you.

Filed under: Archives, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Nick Piunti, Chris Richards and the Subtractions

More info

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Pelt - Técheöd – Here we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what...  (1999) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues