The EP consists of five stellar cuts, including a spot-on cover of Queen’s “Play the Game” (#5). Tracks 1-3 are from Pagan’s forthcoming debut, Oh Musica– while tracks 4 & 5 are from “The Lost Recordings”, and were produced by the acclaimed Ross Robinson (The Cure, At the Drive-in). Such talented musicians as Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), and Gretta Cohn (Cursive) appear on the recording.
Carried by Pagan’s lilting falsetto and charismatic, sometimes fantastical songwriting, the forthcoming Oh, Musica is a debut of impressive scope. Whether it’s the bouncy reincarnation romp “Waltzing in the Sky”, the impassioned tango inside “Spanish Tongue”, or the rich upright bass and crashing keys of closer “Viola” the realization of Pagan’s expansive ambitions is an enchanting one. His distinctively orchestral, vaudevillian style, paired with his natural, organic and unpretentious essence make for a pleasing catharsis. “My music is a fantasy that I live in”, says Chase– and his songs positively reflect that.