Chase Weinacht
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Chase Weinacht

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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""Double album debut from Austin singer-songwriter Chase Weinacht""

Songs: Illinois: "Double album debut from Austin singer-songwriter Chase Weinacht"

I gave up writing for hits, traffic, and fame and fortune a long time ago. My posts now are like shimmering ghosts that elude Google searches like Derrick Rose shedding defenders on the way to the rim (obv. a little too excited about the Bulls). Despite his obvious talent and gumption (a double release for a debut!) this post about Austin singer songwriter Chase Weinacht is not going to soar up the Hype Machine charts, nor is not going to be linked to by Gorilla Vs. Bear, Stereogum, or even some of my close cyber compadres. This post won’t make or break his career or mine for that matter.

I’m fine with that. People still come here and still continue to check out the music I get excited about. And I’m excited about Chase Weinacht. Partly that’s due to the daunting nature of his debut release which is actually two separate records. They go by the titles Here Cinema and Moon Country and can be downloaded here via Bandcamp. As you can imagine from my setup they’re pretty lofi – just guitar and vocals on most tracks. The genre this release fits into would probably be indie folk. And there is some of that pretension on here that comes with that label. But by and large the songs, and there are 23 of them, stand up to repeat listens, in fact they demand it.

Chase’s voice is rich throughout, even as it wavers and strains to hit the appropriate notes. The songs though are what’s important. Here’s a song from each release. On “(A Scene Through) Cellophane” (from Here Cinema) I hear a bit of Frontier Ruckus’ stream of conscious wordplay minus the oft frantic musical accompaniment. I love the finger picked acoustic guitar on here and I love the fact that the song is deeper and more profound than can be absorbed on one listen. “Magnolia, Magnolia” from Moon Country is simpler and more rambunctious. It’s a song about nature and the glories found within.

Look, I don’t know how else to say it except that I’m as excited about the music of Chase Weinacht as I was when I first heard Sufjan Stevens or Clem Snide or Tom Brousseau. I look forward to following his ups and downs. - Songs: Illinois; 18 April 2011

"Video of the Day #65: Marmalakes + Chase Weinacht"

"Last night I was reading one of my favourite blogs songs:illinois and stumbled upon the name Chase Weinacht. I had never heard of him before, but I liked him about 23 seconds after I started to listen to the song (A Scene Through) Cellophane.

Chase is a folk-pop singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas and he released his first two solo albums in april. These beauties entitled Here Cinema and Moon Country are available on his bandcamp (and for free, at least when I’m writing this). I downloaded both of these recods last night and I really like them. This guy is very talented and able to create wonderful lo-fi folk songs. Something like the early work of australian pop guru Darren Hanlon at times.

Chase also plays in a band called Marmalakes. The video of the day is this great live version of a song Turquoise Balloons that you can also find from Chase’s solo album Moon Country." - One Chord To Another; 9 JUNE 2011


"Here Cinema" & "Moon Country" -- April 2011



CHASE WEINACHT writes folk songs and is native to Austin, Texas. He is a member of the band Marmalakes, in which he sings and plays guitar. You can stream and download his records at or the band's music at