This album is the second in Chapman’s series of his more improvised musical releases.
The first ,‘The Resurrection and Revenge of The Clayton Peacock”, released in 2011 was Wire magazine’s No. 5 Album of The Year, was widely received favourably by press and fans alike as another highpoint in Chapman’s late blooming career which has been boosted by the public recognition of his talents by the likes of Thurston Moore, Jack Rose & Will Oldham.
“Pachyderm’ is an LP length minimalist masterpiece, a single chord ambient work quite unlike anything Chapman has done before and equally as surprising and different as Peacock managed to be. The second track is remix of the first side by one Rob Antony, a young Cumbrian neighbour of Michael’s.
Together they form a mellow and gentling shifting work that easily beckons auto repeated plays.
Chapman is now 71 years old, and playing better than ever, he started out on EMI’s legendary 60’s Harvest record label, turned down playing in both Elton John then David Bowie’s “Spiders” band, he only goes to show as per the recent rediscovery of the talents of his other contemporaries Roy Harper or John Martyn eventually your time will come.