C.K. Flach Takes You On A Tour Of Empty Mansions
Hailing from the capital of the Empire State, singer/songwriter C.K. Flach uses his somber ballads to reflect on the crests and valleys of life. By combining elements of folk, indie, alternative, and rock, Flach creates a sonic style that will speak to both your soul and mind. With an incisive intellect and ability to wisely perceive the turmoil of the times, C.K. assembled nine songs and one poem for his latest album, Empty Mansions.
This album takes aim at modern day issues such as politics, racism, division and corruption by telling stories of love, loss, heartache, and salvation. Rooted in Americana, Flach cultivates an indie rock sound that acts as the vessel to carry his message. One he delivers with a voice that ranges from dark to inspiring. Forged in the fires of these troubling times, Empty Mansions is a thoughtful work of art that calls attention to topics we need to discuss as a society.
With the release of the Empty Mansions album, C.K. Flach brings a new feel to a clashing of genres. Lush with addicting progressions, a soulful vocal approach, and an alternative pop undertone, the record boasts the aesthetic of folk-pop anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the album never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
Track titles like “Tranquilized,” “Calamity,” and “Machine Gun” there is an undeniable sense of emotional carnage and melancholy in this album. However, the overall theme of the album is one of renewal and progress. The listener can’t help but feel C.K.’s intent and understand where he is coming from emotionally. The crux of this album for me comes down to Flach’s lyrics. While the instrumentation is remarkable- Flach performs all the instruments on the album himself- the depth of Flach’s stories and words are the real selling point here.
C.K. began drumming at age 10 and learned a few guitar chords on a service trip to Cambodia as a teenager. He started writing songs and playing music with friends for fun and in 2012 started a band called ‘The Kindness’ with his brother and life-long friend. Inspired by the landscape, lifestyle, and people of the Hudson Valley, Flach began to sing and write aggressively for the band which would release an EP independently in 2015. C.K. began to focus more on solo work in 2016, writing and recording a new project in a spare room at his apartment. Flach (a multi-instrumentalist) did nearly all the work himself; writing, arranging and recording. He recruited friends and family as needed to complete certain songs, but the project titled Empty Mansions remains an extension of C.K. himself.