After breaking a Guinness Record (the longest concert ever given by on individual: 27 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds sitting at a piano), flirting with “piano-rap” and shooting his first film (an “existentialist sports comedy about chess and success” off the back of his latest album, “Ivory Tower”), Canadian Ghilly Gonzales is about to release the first ever “orchestral rap” album. At least, that’s how he presents it. The orchestral arrangements of Christophe Beck, a soundtrack composer who could be Gonzales’ brother, play a starring role on the record. The former boyfriend and producer of Peaches spills his personality over a background of strings, brass, metals and kettledrums inspired by the music of Prokofiev, Morricone and Phillip Glass, with a bit of Quincy Jones thrown in for good measure. According to the man who made the music for the new iPad ad ( “Never Stop”), “The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales” is his most confessional work to date. If you want to hear a medley as an appetiser for the thirteen tracks, click here.
Chilly Gonzales - You Can Dance