Former Kasabian guitarist and keyboardist Chris Karloff is to release his debut solo album under the name Black Onassis.
Karloff, who parted ways with Kasabian in 2006 citing “creative and artistic differences”, will release ‘Desensitized’ on September 23. It features features Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit, Morgan Kibby of M83 and Ben Gautrey of The Cooper Temple Clause.
After splitting from Kasabian in 2006 (before the release of ‘Empire’), Karloff moved to New York, which is where he worked on this album.
“Electronic music to me is surprisingly soulful; there is a warmth that comes from the simplicity of sounds, something inconspicuously expressive and emotional,” he said of the record. “Growing up, it was everywhere. Artists like Vangelis, Kraftwerk, The Prodigy and Tangerine Dream were massive influences on the songs I wrote with Kasabian, and even more so now. But rock music has always played a massive role as well, and I’m inspired by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Primal Scream and Nirvana. I try to fuse these two worlds to create the kind of music I want to listen to.”
Instead of recruiting one lead singer, Black Onassis is a collection of guest vocalists including Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit, Morgan Kibby of M83 and Ben Gautrey of The Cooper Temple Clause.
“Working with multiple singers makes writing every track a unique experience, a new musical adventure,” he says. “A voice can change the whole dynamic of a song, and it’s really freeing and feels limitless to write without being constrained by the vocal abilities or stylings of one person.”