Sprout

by Chalk Dinosaur

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"Sprout: to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed. Sprout seems to be the perfect fitting title for this collection of songs. In its fourth iteration, Chalk Dinosaur is represented on this album as a four-piece: John O'Hallaron (guitar, keys, vocals), Nick O'Hallaron (drums), Andrew Belcastro (bass), and Jon Henderson (guitar). The 11 tracks are a culmination of deep collaboration, personal growth, chance taking, artistic passion, and newly formed friendships. For such a diverse body of work, each new idea took root quickly and sprouted into the sonic creations they are today through uninhibited group improvisation and meticulous care and attention to detail. From triumphant highs to wistful lows, manic elation to introspective searching, moments of tension to moments of connected clarity, each song carries a different theme from one to the next, inviting and encouraging the listener to take a journey through a wide range of emotional responses that make up the human experience. We hope these songs sprout in the hearts and minds of our listeners as they have in us and inspire the child-like wonder and creativity innate in us all." -Jon Henderson

"I've been making and playing music with Nick and Andrew since we were really young, probably for about 12-15 years at this point. We met Jon about two years ago and really connected with him on every level. Every jam session seemed to produce a lot of new musical ideas and this album is the harvesting of those. I'm really happy to have this collaborative body of work with Nick, Andrew and Jon. It was cool working with a group where the contribution of ideas was so evenly dispersed. That's what makes this album different from the rest. Sprout is truly a product of the four of us." - John O'Hallaron

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released May 13, 2019

John O'Hallaron: Guitar, keyboards/synthesizers, vocals, percussion, mixing, mastering

Nick O'Hallaron: Drums

Andrew Belcastro: Bass

Jon Henderson: Guitar

Ben Barson: Baritone saxophone on "Cruisin'"

All songs written by John O'Hallaron, Nick O'Hallaron, Andrew Belcastro and Jon Henderson

Album Cover: Simona Tcherneva

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Track Name: Synchronicity
I'm reaching another peak
But I don't know how I'm getting down
I'm reaching another peak
I've gotta find a way back to the ground

We coincide like the universe tried
To make things align as if by predesign
It's beautiful and blows my mind
How dots connect and stars align
Just how synchronicities reveal
A path too perfect to be real

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