Chris Riffle

Chris Riffle

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Haunting & relevant Indie folk with nods to Nick Drake and Elliott Smith...

New full length, Out of town, recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire) is due out April 7th.

Biography

A native of the scenic coastal towns around the Pacific Northwest, Chris Riffle started making waves on local radio stations while still in college, ultimately landing gigs opening for Death Cab for Cutie, Mary Lou Lord, and Dub Narcotic Sound System. More recently, moving to New York City, he has worked & toured with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons and musicians that have backed Bjork, Feist, Imogen Heap, Glen Hansard, Martha & Rufus Wainwright. On the touring front, Chris’s travels have taken him to both coasts, as well as a trip to the Last Frontier – Alaska. Chris' last EP Another Dream was in rotation at over 150 stations & featured on Sirius XM.

Chris’ new album "Out of Town" is a tale of two coasts- and two lives- coming together. Artfully uniting his roots in Washington's mellow core scene with the gritty vibrance of New York's Lower East Side, Out of Town explores the dichotomies of life: the struggle to grow independently while establishing an identity alongside his new husband, the love he has for living in a city that inspires him while also yearning for constant escape, and the implicit ups and downs that accompany being an artist. Stylistically bringing to mind Elliot Smith, he writes in an achingly beautiful way, at the same time tinged with an air of hope and inexplicable despair.

Out of Town was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire).

"Chris Riffle could be New York's unlikely mellowcore champion of the year" - THE DELI MAGAZINE

"A writer and performer of uncommon depth and intimacy -- Nick-Drake-meets-Elliott-Smith" - DIRECT CURRENT

"The slow melodies and elegant simplicity of Chris Riffle's folk music could take the most stressed New Yorker to a tranquil mindset" - CMJ

Lyrics

Just Let Go

Written By: Chris Riffle

It always feels to hard to sort out all these words. I've got too many unsent letters in my head and everytime I try to send 'em out to you I see your never home and somebody's holding you close instead.

So maybe I'll just take down every word I want to say to you and send it off to somebody who... someone who'd love me back.

And mostly I'm so mixed up I don't know what I want. I said I'd go out tonight but I can't lift myself up out of you. I can't lift myself up out of you. So I wont be singin' and dancin'. I'll find my comfort in the corner. It's too hard to entertain when I'm still entertained with what we just lost. I'm still entertained with what we just lost.

So maybe I'll just take down every word I want to say to you and send it off to somebody who... someone who'd love me back.

Cause it's too hard to tell you now,
cause I will fall down everytime,
cause in your eyes I forget how,
to just let go...

Younger Years

Written By: Chris Riffle

These are our younger years
and I'm gonna wake up
someday when I'm older
and wonder why I cared so much
so much about all
all the things that don't matter
all the things that I don't need
all the things that just keep on
slowly fleeting out of my life

and if you see my tears
it's still cause it hurts me
i'm sayin goodbye to
a chapter that showed me love and
broke it all away

and i know that it's just a
a young way to view this
we both got so crazy and i
know you just need a friend

besides i can't force it
i am what i am
i could be your best friend
and we'll both be exactly what
we both were intended to be

These are our younger years
and I'm gonna wake up
someday when I'm older
and wonder why I cared so much
so much about all
all the things that don't matter
all the things that I don't need
all the things that just keep on
slowly fleeting out of my life

Walk Away

Written By: Chris Riffle

Cover up the blue
and send for some white
just watch as the clouds
take over the light

and hope for some rain
to start a new day
the memories of you
will all wash away

but just like the clouds
I still can see blue
and I can still taste... you

but you can't walk away
from the sun
and you can't walk away
from the one

Trains

Written By: Chris Riffle

I like to ride the trains but
you always got too scared so
I would just wait at home and
watch em all go by

but you left the door just wide
enough for me to creep out
i ran out to the tracks and
i rode the next one for a while

maybe i'm not going
where they want me to but
i could jump this now or
just lay down and watch the sky

I like to ride the trains but
you always got too scared so
I would just wait at home and
watch em all go by

Everything you need is here

Written By: Chris Riffle

what were you trying to say
with your work yesterday
what have you been thinking about

how the world's moving on
even when you're asleep
someone's trying to make something new

oh and it's hard to keep up
with your own big demands
when you've seen what your own mind can do

oh and it's hard to keep up
with your own big demands
when you've seen what your own voice can do

ohhhhhh...

you don't have to overwhelm yourself
everything you need is here
even when the darkest storms outside
just watch your thoughts inside come clear
every second someone's waking up
just trying hard to start again
just trying hard to see the world outside
or just to know the one within

so just sit back a while
and don't think of fear
just remember how you're alive

all the years in your life
have been all adding up
and the answers they are all inside

and the beautiful thing
about who you are
is that you have your own point of view

so just make what you can
and just be who you are
i just love to see what you do

ohhhhhhh...

you don't have to overwhelm yourself
everything you need is here
even when the darkest storms outside
just watch your thoughts inside come clear
every second someone's waking up
just trying hard to start again
just trying hard to see the world outside
or just to know the one within

Roll Over

Written By: Chris Riffle

roll over

and start a new day

without you

it's just that way

and it don't matter if i want you back
i always want what's bad for me

there's more out there

of what i don't want

it seems right now

there's no one else

so what if we

just grow apart

and could i still

forgive my heart

and it don't matter if i want you back
i always want what's bad for me

and how i miss

looking at you

I am not from here

Written By: Chris Riffle

I am not from here
I am overlapped
I come from parts
from across the map

Take these parts away
I am underneath
all the things we bought
that we hide beneath

I'm inside the folds
that I thought were true
I'm inside the lies
that I can't undo

We are not from here
we are overlapped
we all come from parts
from across the map

Look inside yourself
if you can see that far
it can feel sometimes
like a distant star

but we're everything
you must understand
we were born to skin
and we'll turn to sand

We are not from here
we are overlapped
we all come from parts
from across the map

Take these parts away
we are underneath
all the things we bought
that we hide beneath
that we hide beneath...

All That We Hold

Written By: Chris Riffle

you think so hard you lose yourself
and stumble through somebody else
and in the dark we recognize
we see through more than our own eyes

and all, all that we have inside
all that we hold
i wish, wish we could see it all
inside the folds

i watch the clouds above the ground
i try to find my way around
but i get dizzy in the sun
i wait all day for night to come

and all, all that we have inside
all that we hold
i wish, wish we could see it all
inside the folds

when i'm alone inside my room
the stars are out the night's in bloom
sometimes i walk to just get lost
inside the dark you have to trust

trust that all, all that we have inside
all that we hold
i wish, wish we could see it all
inside the folds

you think so hard you lose yourself
and stumble through somebody else
and in the dark we recognize
we see through more than our own eyes
more than our own eyes...

While You Run

Written By: Chris Riffle

i listen too close
i hear between the walls
i hear when you whisper
when he calls

we both can lose our way
and stumble into the night
but i will if you let me
be the light

i don't wanna look for you
i don't want to want
but i'll sneak in the backdoor
if you close the front

i can see through the windows
right into your eyes
so don't look at me
if i'm not surprised

i met someone else today
and somebody yesterday
but no-one can make me
wanna stay

you turn me into a child
you turn me into a boy
you make me feel wild
and coy

i can see through the windows
right into your eyes
so don't look at me
if i'm not surprised
i know what you're thinking
i know what you've done
i can feel you holding on
while you run…

Kiss On The Cheek

Written By: Chris Riffle

a kiss on the cheek
sometimes can last
longer than all
all day on your lips
intention was there
i felt in the air
and baby i know
that you don't give that out
not like i do

when you woke up
i just wanna touch
and make you feel good
ah but is it enough
so i took your hand
i held it to my chest
cause i know right now
what we need this to be
i'll be your best friend

inside my arms
there is a place
and i tried so hard
ah to make you feel safe
but you need your own
blanket from the storm
cause you know that i
i'm not always this calm
and neither are you

Shake Me Up

Written By: Chris Riffle

You shake me up and down
you keep me off the ground
you hold me in a sound
a cloud that won't come down

I wake up in the night
everything feels right
I felt you in my dreams
you seep in like the light

Six years can go like wine
one bottle at a time
your love can taste so fine
and I can call you mine

I come alive in here with you
I can feel my heart expand
I can find the room to breath
I can feel the love I am

The air outside is cold
it's whispering while it blows
and you like the window pane
you hold me until it goes

The leaves fold into themselves
for something to hold onto
they're just looking for the source
the one that I found with you

I come alive in here with you
I can feel my heart expand
I can find the room to breath
I can feel the love I am

Nothing But the Waves

Written By: Chris Riffle

I'll wait in the sand for you
just wait as the ocean comes
till you're ready to get all wet
till you're ready to wait for me

By the ocean the time does go
but I've no where else to be
I wonder if you see me grow
I wonder if you know

Nothing but the waves
nothing but the sea
nothing but the water
can untie me

It's always deeper when I'm here
cause I forget what I'm made of
the physicality of fear
the physicality of love

and when I wait for you to come
I tell myself you're all I need
I tell myself you're everything
I tell myself I'm incomplete

Nothing but the waves
nothing but the sea
nothing but the water
can untie me

Discography

"Introducing..." Charted #5 at WECS
Top 20 at several others

"Another Dream" EP
currently spinning at 150+ stations!

Set List

Lately we've been playing mostly 45 minute sets, but can play for up to 2 hours. Chris has played many shows by himself if the venue calls for a stripped down setup. He can also play with just guitar and his 6 string bass player. The full group with drums, electric guitar and bass creates an amazing full sound at times and others a simple spacious air for his voice to cut through.