Chace Saltzman is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL.

After making a name for himself in Chicago’s psych scene as a contributing member of Los Gold Fires and Thee Casual Hex, he’s now focused on finding his voice as a solo performer. “I don’t think that I’ve suffered more than anyone else,” says Saltzman, “but I use music as a way of processing painful feelings.” Those who know Saltzman know him as a deep thinker, one who is invested in psychology, meditation, and spirituality.

I was really invested in creating a haunting atmosphere for this tune, sort of a dark western atmosphere with hints of The Beatles and The Byrds,” Saltzman says about the track “Bloom.” “The song was written and recorded in the wake of a bitter breakup, where I found myself trying to understand how I kept finding myself in such places of betrayal and loss. I recorded all the performances myself, save for the drums which were tracked by my amazingly talented friend Stephen Waller. I was the primary tracking engineer, and worked with Doug Malone on the mix at Jamdek Studio in Chicago. The track was lovingly mastered by my friend Edward Hamel.”

Saltzman’s debut EP, Dove Songs (2020), showcases carefully crafted music that feels otherworldly, yet grounded in real emotions. “Lay it down and walk on,” is how Saltzman describes his relationship to songwriting and dealing with strife. Through music, he confronts his own emotions but also seeks a greater understanding of the human psyche.

“Lay it down and walk on,” is how Saltzman describes his relationship to songwriting and dealing with strife. Through music, he confronts his own emotions but also seeks a greater understanding of the human psyche.