Chachi Jones


Decades ago, we used to make pilgrimages to such shrines as Berkeley’s Rather Ripped Records to find obscure import albums by the likes of Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Schicke Führs Fröhling, released on such snob-appeal imprints as Brain and Sky. Then, Brian Eno popularized ambient washes of electronic sound with his disc Music for Airports. Now, with synthesizers and recording gear available to the masses, many people, including local artist Chachi Jones, are doing a bedroom Eno. Hard-wired Teutonophiles will find much to like on Claustrophilia, with its shifting washes of keyboard watercolors over machine-made rhythms. Faves (out of the 11 cuts) include the dark “Avery 113,” the Eno-ish “Opal” and the lyrical closer “Broken Bliss Box.” A fine effort.