Review: Chase Huglin’s ‘You Deserve An Island’
Following in the footsteps of a few stellar singles and an impressive 2015 EP Glow, Chase Huglin’s debut album, You Deserve An Island, proves that he not only has a well-deserved space in the acoustic-indie scene—he also makes it clear that he has grown to deserve his place, too.
You Deserve An Island doesn’t stray from Huglin’s lush, endearing acoustic tunes that we’ve grown to love. But it’s evident that there’s a special precision, with each track existing as a piece of standalone art, but combined, each individual song creates a storyline that progresses fluidly from start to finish.
"Wind Chimes" opens the album with an almost literal breath of fresh air, and the record closes off with "Folded Hands," a heart-wrenching song about never forgetting. Interspersed with tracks that vary in pace and tone, the album's atmosphere is seemingly meant to be played live. Soothing vocals and entrancing acoustic energy are both complimented by one of the most impressive lyrical narratives I've heard this year.
The striking lyricism creates a landscape for the emotions wrought with love and loss surrounding growing up. It’s as much about asking for forgiveness and finding hope for the future as it is about drowning your pride and growing from past mistakes. It’s about learning lessons and understanding why we’re here. It’s about loving fully and falling out of it. A good song makes you question your beliefs and challenges you to understand yourself more fully—everything that Huglin nails with this release.
Taking its place in the acoustic genre as a whole, You Deserve An Island thrives in beautiful simplicity. The binding element through every track is the raw relatability that delicately pounds at your heartstrings. His stripped-down instrumentals and compelling words are saturated with the thoughts on growing up through his own experience. You Deserve an Island is about forgiving and forging ahead—and always remembering that if someone "deserves an island," making sure to acknowledge it.
Want more from Chase Huglin? Pre-order You Deserve An Island here. Catch his release show at Entourage Music in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Bonfires and September Stories on 9/27. For more details, check out the event.
1. Wind Chimes
3. Here Right Now
6. Your Side Of The Bed
7. I Want To Go
8. You Deserve An Island
9. Soap Direction
10. Folded Hands
Tour dates with SayWeCanFly & more:
11/03 - Toronto, Canada // Hard Luck Bar
11/04 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Voltage Lounge
11/05 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/06 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
11/08 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
11/09 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot (Pike Room)
11/10 - Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
11/12 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
11/13 - Saint Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/18 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
11/19 - Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak
11/20 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
11/23 - Albuquerque, NM @ Blu Phoenix
11/25 - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
11/26 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
11/27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/29 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
11/30 - St Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
12/01 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/02 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
12/03 - Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
12/04 - Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld (Lab)
Get your tickets here.