Title - 'Today's Not Yesterday'
Artist - Chapin Sisters
Recorded in the dreamy hills of Echo Park, California, Today’s Not Yesterday is the Chapin Sisters’ first album of original material in 5 years.
The follow-up to their 2013 collection of Everly Brothers covers, A Date with the Everly Brothers, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart (and #2 on Amazon’s Folk Best Seller chart, #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart), Today’s Not Yesterday is also produced by the Chapin Sisters; along with producer/engineer/bass player Dan Horne (Conor Oberst, Allah Las, Jonathan Wilson), and drummer Jesse Lee (Cass McCombs, Gang, Gang Dance).
We begin this fabulous new album with the slow burner 'Autumn,' before the mid-tempo country-fied 'Angelino' comes forth. The fun bounce sway of 'Chasing the Rain' is next, and is, for my money, one of the best tracks on this delightful album. The upbeat 'Getaway' is another gem here, and is backed by the slow ballad, 'Child.' With vocals reminiscent of the smooth-toned songstress herself, Sade, it simply ebbs and flows stunningly throughout.
With these 12 new songs, written mostly in New York, being about their past, and the eight years they spent living in Los Angeles, combined with tales from their present lives on the east coast, Today’s Not Yesterday explore break-ups, leaving California, accepting change, reinventing oneself, and returning home to the things that matter most. The dreamy 'Love Come Back' encapsulates such a varied run of thoughts perfectly, and is followed by 'Trees Fall Around' and the summer fun of 'Sleep In.'
With the Chapin Sisters' lush harmonies being backed at all musical corners by Horne and Lee’s first-rate rhythm section, next up we have the more sober 'The World Is All,' then 'Waiting,' with the album coming to a close with both the gentle stillness of an infectious Southern California vibe on 'There Will Be a Time' and then, finally, the warm, cooling breeze of 'We Will Not Stop.'