Chaz Cardigan has announced the October 22 release of his new eight-track EP, Holograma, and shared the single “Room.” A dreamy slow-burner lit up in lush string arrangements, “Room” lures the listener into Chaz’s starry-eyed memory of the bedroom of his first love. Download / stream HERE and watch the visualizer below.
“When we started writing ‘Room,’ it just snapped me back into being 16. I realized that feeling of being in love for the first time is something I’ve been chasing for so long,” says Chaz Cardigan, who penned the track with ROBOPOP (Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey), who also produced, and Jon Green (James Bay, Kylie Minogue). “We really dug deep and tried to make it as tactile and specific as possible, with lots of little details, like the map of Ecuador he had on his wall.”
With the arrival of his acclaimed 2020 EP Vulnerabilia, Chaz proved his talent for turning his deepest insecurities into wildly cathartic pop songs. Featuring his smash single “Not OK!” – a top 20 hit on Alternative Radio – Vulnerabilia found Chaz opening up about his panic disorder while also building a high-energy but beautifully nuanced sound. Billboard hailed him as a “certified 21st century pop artist and Flaunt observed, “Chaz injects emotion and feeling into his music, priding himself in the quality of his lyrics.” On Holograma, Chaz makes a new leap in what he calls “cracking codes to emotion,” sharing a batch of songs that show remarkable growth in both his life and his music.
“All of the songs are about looking back on old memories and re-contextualizing them, seeing everything in a new light now that I know myself better and I’m way more secure in who I am,” says the Nashville-based 25-year-old. “The songs came from the shifting of ideas and shifting of perceptions, and I saw them as these iridescent, shimmering colors, like a hologram.”
“Room” comes on the heels of Chaz’s standalone single, “Live A Little,” which can be heard in the promotional campaign for “Tiny World,” a new Apple TV Plus documentary series. Narrated by Paul Rudd, the series premieres October 2.
Throughout Holograma, Chaz showcases the eclectic musicality he first began honing as a kid in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. A classically trained pianist who taught himself to play guitar, bass, and drums, he got his start gigging in punk bands at the age of 11, covered classic songs in Louisville bars during his high-school years and later produced in a Nashville hip-hop collective. After releasing his debut album, I, Chaz put out a series of singles that all ended up on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist – a triumph that soon earned him the distinction of becoming the first artist jointly signed to Capitol Records and Loud Robot, which is the record label from J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot.
Holograma Track Listing
Middle Of The Road
Jesus Christ I’m Lonely
Change Your Mind
Let It Rest