Yearly Archives: 2013

New: Broods – Never Gonna Change

The worst part of Christmas is undoubtedly sifting through the avalanche of awful Xmas songs and ‘presents’ (read unwanted tracks) put out by artists. Thankfully amongst all the hours of shoddy covers, there’s a few gems that stand out. New Zealand’s Broods made their mark with their debut track Bridges (produced by none other than […]

By Josh
on 30th Dec 2013
in Music

Introducing: Klatu

Christmas might now be over, but the holiday period (whether that’s an actual holiday, or the vibe of New Year still being ahead) is very much still going. Whereas the next few months of long, cold, dark nights are probably not going to be the most appealing of times to work or commute, right now […]

Three words upon my headstone: Albums of 2013

True to character, we’re a bit apprehensive about lists at CITR. Call it being unnecessarily obtuse, call it reactionary, either way we usually end up pulling something together regardless. Below you’ll find the lists of albums of the year for a selection of writers and contributors – have you skipped there yet? I really doubt […]

The strange case of Clarence Clarity

Sometimes you completely miss the bandwagon on a story.   “Clarence Clarity’s part of the future right there, it really is, pushing the boundaries on every level, sonically and lyrically” – Zane Lowe “alternatively terrifying, hilarious and amazing” – Wonderland Magazine “Whether or not you like shadowed newcomer Clarence Clarity’s debut track 4GODSLUV you’re most certaintly going to […]

New: Sega Bodega – Stay Nervous

Having recently returned from a stint in Barcelona, Glasgow’s Sega Bodega is really beginning to show us his production and melodic chops. With swirling synths and a horn section that Kanye would be proud of, “Stay Nervous” is the Glaswegian’s most immediate track yet. One to get excited about in 2014. His Song Dynasty E.P […]

By Stephen Archibald
on 26th Dec 2013
in New

New: Vaults – Vultures (Live From Maida Vale)

With their debut track, Cry No More, tearing up Hype Machine charts and placing them as one of 2014’s most exciting prospects, London outfit Vaults dropped by Maida Vale to record a couple of tracks for Rob Da Bank. As well as playing the aforementioned Cry No More, they also debuted a new track in […]

By Josh
on 22nd Dec 2013
in Music

Video: There’s Talk – The Salt

San Francisco trio There’s Talk conjured up one of the most majestic tracks of 2013 in the form of CitR featured The Salt. Somewhere between the angelic innocence of London Grammar, and the bittersweet beauty of St. Vincent, they’ve matched the elegance of the track with stunning visuals, directed by Marta Dymek. A difficult video to […]

By Josh
on 20th Dec 2013
in Music

Introducing: Badlands

No retrogressive bullshit. No rosy tints. No nostalgia, no sentiment. Because it would be too fucking easy to react with surprise at a band’s relative absence from Google, and upon listening to their frayed and distant rendering of heartland rock (and its references to its own heritage), remark how much lovelier things were before our […]

Introducing: Letters To Lions

Australian (Sydney to be precise) quartet Letters To Lions sound ready made to headline festivals. Combining elements of almost every ‘indie’ festival headliner from the past four or five years (we’re talking Kings of Leon, The Killers, Foals, Tame Impala), it’s been a while since I heard a band with such obviously ambitious aspirations, and […]

New: Aleem Khan – She’s Fine

Having previously released music under the moniker Global Systems, Calgary’s Aleem Khan appears to be taking a more direct route on new track, She’s Fine, reverting to his more commonly used name. A diverse, freak-folk number, mixing gently strummed acoustic guitars with a whole palate of influences, all layered underneath his rather fantastic, albeit rough […]

New: Wælder – Firn

Wælder is an experimental electronic project from Vienna, Austria. Their debut EP Firn has just been released, and from the opening melody of the title track you’ll feel that something pretty strange and beautiful is going on here. The duo of Jan Preivler and Moritz Nahold create ambient pop lullabies crushing into an electronic railway […]

By Sound Injections
in Music

New: The Neighbourhood – Silver

From the humble beginnings of 2012’s Female Robbery, it’s been a whirlwind two years or so for LA five piece The Neighbourhood. Sold out tours, unique, ground-breaking appearances on prime-time TV shows and a debut album that broke the top 40 in the US, culminating in the announcement of a new album, titled  #000000 & #FFFFFF (The Black And […]

Video: Vinyl jacket – Jupiter

On Monday night local (North East) heroes Vinyl Jacket made their triumphant return at the Head of Steam, after a year long break from playing gigs. Playing to a packed out venue, the Wylam lads showed just how exciting 2014 could potentially be for them. A tighter performance than I’ve ever seen from them before, […]

By Josh
on 18th Dec 2013
in Music

Video Premiere: Arthur Lang – Jupiter (feat. Motherhood)

2013 has been one hell of a year for new music. But for us guys at Crack In the Road the year is far from over and there’s an abundance of great music still yet to be discovered. Take this, the premiere of Arthur Lang‘s latest video Jupiter, featuring Motherhood. Arthur Lang, aka Birmingham based […]

Stream: Alden Penner – Precession EP

Just as I thought all had gone quiet from the elusive Canadian, Alden Penner has released a magical new EP with the promise of a new album and tour dates in the new year. Precession draws influences from a ton of Alden’s previous projects. Tracks combine the orchestral genius of Clues with the classical guitar of The Hidden […]

By Sam Golden
in Music

New: Tobias Jesso Jr. – Just A Dream

“I can’t explain the world to you // I can’t explain the things that people choose to do” sings Tobias Jesso Jr, in between a simple, often off-key piano line on his sole track ‘Just A Dream’. The track appears to be an open love letter to his newborn baby, and holds all the beauty, rawness […]

By Anna
on 17th Dec 2013
in Music

Introducing: Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron is one of my most exciting finds of 2013. While his name was unfamiliar to me his work as 1/3 of Sydney-based electronic group Seekae was not. However this solo venture delineates far from the Seekae’s glossy clean synths. Cameron’s brooding work is situated firmly in the 80’s, and yet somehow seems long […]

Thematic Interview: The Correspondents (Music Videos)

Ever since that internet thing really kicked into gear, music videos have become an integral, if not crucial, part of the music industry. Today, they’re far more than recorded performances of a song played over and over again on MTV. The effort behind them, and the hype they build, can be as significant as the […]

New: Ménage à Trois – Lonely This Christmas

Mancunian crooners Ménage à Trois cover Mud’s 1974 single Lonely This Christmas, in their ever impressive, dreamy manner. Less than ten days ’till Christmas Day, and I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that Xmas is well and truly here, thankfully, covers like this serve to make it somewhat bearable. It’s the only Christmas cover […]

Premiere: Erik Hassle – Talk About It (Deebs Remix)

Erik Hassle’s aggressive (and AMAZING) comeback track, Talk About It, has seen some impressive remixes from ASTR and BASECAMP, but none have tamed the track quite like Deebs. The Toronto-based producer’s organ synths, distorted vocals and vibrating bass create a cold tension that too well matches Hassle’s frustration. “Baby, I don’t want to think about […]

By Ian David Monroe
in Music