Breakups are never easy. So much so, that New Orleans-based musical act Burris decided to dedicate two full albums to the sentiment.
As a continuation of the two-part release, the “Over You, Pt. 2” album by Burris continues the breakup saga with plenty of raw emotion and energy. The subtle start to the EP lends itself to a sorrowful feeling of longing and loss but quickly ramps up to a rocking whirlwind of gritty guitar and gut-wrenching lyrics.
“This half of the album is all about finding independence and power in newfound freedom, but there are still notes of regret and confusion sprinkled within. Breakups aren’t easy…” -Christopher Burris Hochkeppel, founding member and vocalist
Burris comprises founding member and vocalist, Christopher Burris Hochkeppel, and a rotating cast of collaborators. Originally formed in Baton Rouge, LA at the LSU School Of Music, the roots-rock group is now based in New Orleans and can be seen playing all over the city as an acoustic act as well as a full-fledged, six-piece rock band!
The EP’s transition can be most tangibly seen in the juxtaposition between the two music videos “Willow” and “Wailin’.” The first showcases the singer strumming his guitar wistfully above grayscale NOLA cityscapes. “Wailin'” – on the other hand – transports him to Frenchmen Street, complete with a flowered lei and a plastic trombone, dancing through the streets and clicking his heels along the way.
Such are the turbulent emotions of breakups, eh?
Musically, the act pulls influences from old soul to modern jazz, but the singer-songwriter fueled band centers its eclectic sound around gritty New Orleans tradition and southern folk music. As a band, the nationally touring act has performed at French Quarter Fest, Festival International, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, Northgate Fest, Live After Five, and more.
The group recorded the album at Studio In The Country just outside of New Orleans with legendary producer and engineer, Chris Finney. A multitude of specials guest musicians from south Louisiana helped contribute to the complex sounds of this record including jazz vocalist, Jazmarae Beebe; star-studded horn section, Brass Lightning; Forming The Void guitarist, Shadi Khansa; and local favorite drummer, Scott Graves.
Over You, Pt. 2 is available now on streaming platforms everywhere