by: Rachel Narozniak
Jun 19, 2021
After a 2020 colored by three catalog-aggrandizing cuts—”Meant That,” “Intoxicated,” and “Wicked Intentions“—Chris Varvaro‘s #pursound is stretching across six inclusions, neatly tied together on his debut EP, Waking Up. The six-pack of instrumentals has a This Never Happened meets Anjunabeats appeal to it, and imprint devotees—as well as organic house enthusiasts—should consider this their cue to dive into Varvaro’s first release of the new calendar year.
Waking Up, Varvaro says, was creatively influenced by the motifs of “wellness and holistic healing,” adding,
“I want people to be able to listen to this and find healing, calmness, and zen. I want people to be able to learn about themselves and not be afraid to express their true identities. Throughout the pandemic, I took a lot of time to get to know myself as a person and as an artist. I took time away from music and focused on myself and my family. I utilized tools such as meditation to learn about myself and keep myself centered. I want people to be able to listen to this EP and feel safe and open to exploring themselves and their minds while also feeling a sense of comfort. I really hope my listeners have as meaningful of a listening experience as it was a creative experience for me in the studio!”
Though Waking Up is arguably as lush as some past Varvaro staples such as “Meant That,” the EP deviates from the higher-octane and often progressive house-leaning constructions that he evinced on other one-offs like “Intoxicating.” Waking Up underscores a contemplative, thematically motivated side of Varvaro’s creative artistry, with the EP serving as a warm welcome back to the producer, previously featured in Volume 23 of Dancing Astronaut‘s 5 Under 15K series. Stream Varvaro’s Waking Up EP below.
Featured image: Michael Todaro