EP REVIEW: Chris Lanzon – Melancholy

Earlier this year Chris Lanzon introduced himself to listeners and his ambient alt-pop sound with the cinematically inclined lead singles ‘Still’ and ’72 Days’. 

Instead of just drip feeding singles over the course of a year like many newcomers do, the Sydney based singer, songwriter and producer has decided to allow listeners to soak themselves in his first body of work. 

‘Melancholy’ is a coming of age collection of tracks that are intimate, vulnerable and intricately engineered with heart and soul. Designed to be listened to from start to finish through headphones so you can hear every labour of love put into the production, it’s quickly made apparent that this is truly a piece of art. 

Layered with soothing guitars and heartfelt harmonies, these emotional songs detail the defining moments of his teen years while navigating first loves and heartbreak. 

Opening with the cinematically charged ‘Melancholy – Intro’, the simple piano keys fall ever so gracefully before sweeping strings are added are added to aesthetically transport you into this kodak world. The vocals are short and sweet on this track with Lanzon emotionally singing “this is not the end” before being soaked out by the humming of synthesiser. 

Leaning into his poignant debut single ‘Still’, the predominantly stripped back and guitar driven track is a heavy exploration of heartbreak and not being able to get someone off your mind no matter how hard you try. “When he’s lying next to you the way I used to do. Do you think about me still?” he deeply questions during the heartbreakingly beautiful chorus. 

‘Unsaid’ is the EP’s strongest moment with atmospheric production, distorted vocals and a whole lot of emotions continuing the heartbreak storyline that ‘Still’ introduced. It continues the raw sentiment with an attack of emotions through the culmination of electric guitar and drums breaking through in the second half. 

“Cause you are the part of me I never knew I needed. The silence is harrowing, please just come back to me. And don’t ever, don’t ever leave” he honestly confesses. 

Segueing into ’72 Days’ he confronts the isolated thoughts that haunt his mind during a time where he feels like lost himself before battling hope and doubt on the EP’s most anthemic moment, ‘Diamonds On The Water’. 

Interpolating a folk-pop sonic, this track hears Lanzon embracing that hopeful sound as his dark nights turn into slightly brighter mornings. 

Closing the EP with the brief ‘All This Time’, he says goodbye to a relationship that changed his life in an emotional capacity and sees him opening the doors on a new found intimate relationship with himself, which is the most perfect way this EP could’ve ended. 

This intimate affair is whole heartedly beautiful while also confronting and vulnerable at the same time. It allows you to candidly get to know Chris Lanzon while also getting a glimpse into the foundational layers of his growing artistry.