Chris Staples follows up his widely-acclaimed album, American Soft, with a brand new EP on Barsuk Records.
Cheap Shades is out July 24th in advance of his full US tour!
"If albums are friends, then American Soft by Chris Staples was my closest confidant in 2014." - NPR's All Song Considered
"Chris Staples' songs are full of rich narratives and hushed hooks that confirm the old adage that less is more--especially when that less includes poetic lyrics about tornadoes and Pink Floyd." - PASTE
"Made up of stripped-back guitar, poetic lyrics, and economical touches of rhythm, feedback, and hand-claps, American Soft is exactly the kind of album you'd expect an accomplished carpenter/guitarist to make." - Tiny Mix Tapes
"There's a professional carpenter's sensibility and determination at work here; one of building things from basic elements by a craftsman who understands the importance of a secure structure and uses that to enhance his artistic discipline." - American Songwriter
"Check out the record's second single, "Hold On To Something," an intimate but sonically lush cut..." - The AV Club
"The sparse arrangements cause some big effects..." - IMPOSE
"Staples'... puts all the focus on the halting, haunting memories that emerge from 'American Soft.'" - Seattle Times