Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:08:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Introducing: Meenk http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29099-introducing-meenk http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29099-introducing-meenk#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:08:57 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29099 Austin is one of my favourite cities in the world. Not only does it now hold two weeks worth of SXSW memories and countless friends, but it’s also one of the top places for emerging music. Meenk, the project of May Rio, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is further proof that there’s […]

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Austin is one of my favourite cities in the world. Not only does it now hold two weeks worth of SXSW memories and countless friends, but it’s also one of the top places for emerging music. Meenk, the project of May Rio, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is further proof that there’s something in the Texan water. Debut EP, Scamu Scau is a lyrical masterclass; across four tracks of a gloriously lo-fi nature, it’s full of a personality that’s cutting, sarcastic and brilliantly down to earth. From personal favourite, 19, to EP opener Reasons, it’s comfortably one of my favourite EPs of the year thus far. Check out all four tracks below, and pick up the EP on Bandcamp.

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New: Marie Naffah- David Gray http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29004-new-marie-naffah-david-gray http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29004-new-marie-naffah-david-gray#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:47:10 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29004 I’ve just about got Primrose Hill out of my head when Marie Naffah comes out with another toe-tapping tune, David Gray. She wrote this unconventional love song after she was at an eponymous gig in London. It looks at the way “certain songs will forever remind you of a particular person and make you so happy that […]

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I’ve just about got Primrose Hill out of my head when Marie Naffah comes out with another toe-tapping tune, David Gray. She wrote this unconventional love song after she was at an eponymous gig in London. It looks at the way “certain songs will forever remind you of a particular person and make you so happy that you feel like you could burst”. There’s nothing soppy about this track, it’s full of summer and life, so grab your shoes and join her in dancing at the hardware store.. or in the park with some beers.

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News: FAMY Announce Debut Album http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29073-new-famy-ava-epilogue http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29073-new-famy-ava-epilogue#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:32:58 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29073 We’ve been avid followers of FAMY for the past couple of years now, so it’s heartwarming to see the London outfit finally reach a position in which they can announce the details of their debut album. Entitled ‘We Fam Econo’, the album is preceded by the fantastic ‘Ava’ and the most recently released ‘Ava Epilogue’. […]

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We’ve been avid followers of FAMY for the past couple of years now, so it’s heartwarming to see the London outfit finally reach a position in which they can announce the details of their debut album. Entitled ‘We Fam Econo’, the album is preceded by the fantastic ‘Ava’ and the most recently released ‘Ava Epilogue’. As the titles suggest, both tracks work best in succession and the videos for both provide an essential visual insight into the emotional intensity embedded in the sound of FAMY.

Released on the 8th September through Transgressive Records, ‘We Fam Econo’ is available to pre-order now (check out all those snazzy options!)

FAMY UK Tour

30th July – The Lexington, London

22nd September – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

23rd September – The Louisiana, Bristol

24th September – The Hope, Brighton

26th September – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

27th September – Town Hall Crypt, Middlesbrough

28th September – Portland Arms, Cambridge

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New: EXROYALE – Without It http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29068-new-exroyale-without http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29068-new-exroyale-without#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:54:18 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29068 In the mad rush of the past few weeks, this new gem from EXROYALE slipped under the radar. Their second track, a follow up to the brilliant Give It Up, it’s not a colossal deviation from their almost indie-pop by numbers sound, but it certainly shows that there’s few around who nail this sound quite […]

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In the mad rush of the past few weeks, this new gem from EXROYALE slipped under the radar. Their second track, a follow up to the brilliant Give It Up, it’s not a colossal deviation from their almost indie-pop by numbers sound, but it certainly shows that there’s few around who nail this sound quite as well as they do. Check out Without It below.

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Competition: Win a pair of top-end Sennheiser cans http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/competitions/29056-competition-win-pair-top-end-sennheiser-cans http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/competitions/29056-competition-win-pair-top-end-sennheiser-cans#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29056 We’ve made no secret of the fact life has somewhat got in the way of Crack in the Road being as active as normal. We’ve made no secret…but we ain’t apologising. How many of you spent last week camped in an abandoned château in the middle of Belgium, just two miles down the road from “Nowhere”? Now try […]

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We’ve made no secret of the fact life has somewhat got in the way of Crack in the Road being as active as normal.

We’ve made no secret…but we ain’t apologising. How many of you spent last week camped in an abandoned château in the middle of Belgium, just two miles down the road from “Nowhere”? Now try and get an internet connection there….

Anyway, we wanted to do something to say thanks for bearing with us both during the quiet period and our recent/ongoing development work.

So like the guys from Canyanero, Sennheiser approached us and supplied us with a set of top-of-the-range Momentum headphones to give away. It’s part of an eponymously titled campaign they’re running at present, which is bizarrely fronted by Imogen Heap (in 2014? Really?).

I promised to be nice and not rail on the campaign, as that’s sort of the deal you agree to in these things. It could have been hard – a press release that features the word “paradigm”? Really? – if it were not for the fact the cans themselves are actually worthy of all this hype.

The sound quality is probably the closest to perfect you’ve heard, whilst the design is full of neat touches that make using them pretty damn slick. If you’re interested in learning more, a thorough breakdown of the headphones can be found over at What HiFi (five stars, yo).

In short, I’m actually a pretty big fan of these and, being retailed at £259.99, getting a pair for absolutely free is not to be sniffed at.

So, the competition. All the instructions are below and the closing date is Friday 25th July. We reserve the right to change the date/close it at short notice blah blah. You know the score.

We’ve lots in the works, so thank you for bearing with us the past few weeks.

And remember, we love you all.

 

Sennheiser Momentum headphone competition

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New: Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29049-new-saint-pepsi-fiona-coyne http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29049-new-saint-pepsi-fiona-coyne#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:51:30 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29049 Oh man, Saint Pepsi. Not only is this one of the funkiest tracks of the year, it’s also a rather nice surprise to hear the Long Island producer utilising his vocal chords (singing, obviously). Fiona Coyne, his first release for esteemed label Carpark Records, is possibly his most complete outing to date, and certainly marks […]

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Oh man, Saint Pepsi. Not only is this one of the funkiest tracks of the year, it’s also a rather nice surprise to hear the Long Island producer utilising his vocal chords (singing, obviously). Fiona Coyne, his first release for esteemed label Carpark Records, is possibly his most complete outing to date, and certainly marks a step in a different direction for the twenty one year old. Check it out below.

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New: Rude – Armanio (Demo) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29041-new-armanio-demo-rude http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29041-new-armanio-demo-rude#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:33:45 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29041 Glorious summers aren’t complete without those infectious dance tracks that could play all night without end in sight. A strong contender for this summer’s dance floor anthem is Armanio (Demo) by Rude. Who they are or where they’re from is beyond me, but does it really matter? The cool synths and robotic melodies are refreshingly […]

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Glorious summers aren’t complete without those infectious dance tracks that could play all night without end in sight. A strong contender for this summer’s dance floor anthem is Armanio (Demo) by Rude. Who they are or where they’re from is beyond me, but does it really matter? The cool synths and robotic melodies are refreshingly nostalgic. This isn’t one of those “soaring anthems” that you blast with the windows down though, instead they’re better suited for a day of rollerblading on the Miami coast. Sunshine and vibes are eminent with this track…

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Introducing: Formation http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29038-introducing-formation http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29038-introducing-formation#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:47:48 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29038 There’s little info around by London duo Formation right now, save from this tellingly short interview conducted by Abeano (thanks for the heads up) and their Basquiat inspired website. Identical twin brothers, their debut release, Waves, was recorded in their mum’s living room, an intoxicatingly repetitive jam, in keeping with the current influx of modern, […]

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There’s little info around by London duo Formation right now, save from this tellingly short interview conducted by Abeano (thanks for the heads up) and their Basquiat inspired website. Identical twin brothers, their debut release, Waves, was recorded in their mum’s living room, an intoxicatingly repetitive jam, in keeping with the current influx of modern, cooler-than-cooler odd-pop flooding the blogs. Check out Waves below.

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Interview: Dawn Golden http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28982-interview-dawn-golden http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28982-interview-dawn-golden#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:37:07 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28982 Dexter Tortiorello is a music producer and maker, originally hailing from Chicago of the Northern American continent. In the last few years he has lost his job, lived on little more than a solar powered laptop with Ableton Pro in a remote Hawaiian jungle, started two different musical projects, and now he’s reached our tiny […]

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Dexter Tortiorello is a music producer and maker, originally hailing from Chicago of the Northern American continent. In the last few years he has lost his job, lived on little more than a solar powered laptop with Ableton Pro in a remote Hawaiian jungle, started two different musical projects, and now he’s reached our tiny little island for the 2014 Camden Crawl.

Dexter is visiting us to promote his second full record as Dawn Golden, entitled Still Life, and on this warm Friday afternoon it seems like a suitable time to mull over what might possibly one day become a milestone for the humble American.

A first visit to the UK?

I actually played a show here in 2011 at Madame Jojo’s which was a lot of fun. It was a White Heat show with Halls, who is really fantastic. I think I only realised after that he’d done a load of really big shit and I really should have been opening for him in London.

So I read about your trip to Hawaii, was there something deliberate you were trying to do with the Houses project there or was it a wholly personal endeavour?

It certainly started as a personal endeavour, as Houses only fully formed when I got home and began recording everything I had been working on out there. But the experience certainly influenced that first Houses record a lot, it was the first time I’d been off my own continent and to be in the middle of a jungle running on almost nothing was an unreal experience for me.

I had been fired from my job, sitting around and quickly going into the psyche of a generally unemployed person where you get into a routine of sleeping in and then doing nothing. So I decided I didn’t want to settle into that too much. I felt it happening and had to break out of it somehow.

When I came back, I found that I was in a really good head-space and wanted to make music that was a little bit more upbeat than I had before. So I did that, and immediately withdrew back into dark shit, which was when I wrote the first Dawn Golden EP (Blow).

To me your music is always striving lyrically towards a real human experience, whilst alongside that the electronic tracking and mixing adds a layer of abstraction. Is that always how you’ve approached writing music?

That’s definitely how I’ve always approached writing lyrics to my songs. I have a really hard time writing vague lyrics, and I’m envious of people who can write in that way, as if they’re writing about a feeling rather than an event – because it seems like people connect with it more. I just can’t write like that – I write about personal things from my life, and I’ve noticed particularly recently that it’s all very structured, almost as if I’m telling a story.

In terms of music, I used to just play acoustic guitar and sing – I’d write very sad and dark songs. There’s this guy who just released a record that really reminds of the stuff I used to write but I can’t for the life of me remember his name.

At this point Dexter rifles through his iPhone for a few moments before giving up. We decide to use the example of Josh T Pearson instead.

I remember playing SXSW one year, and he came on after us and I think it was his first show in Austin in ten years. So this guy comes out with a big beard, crazy eyes, a guitar and these super long fingernails, and he just starts plucking away. I stood there through the whole set and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was crying during one of his songs, and I just thought it was one of the most engaging things I’d ever seen.

But that’s what I used to try to do, though I wasn’t as good of an instrumentalist as he is, or singer for that matter.

Not an easy person to emulate, mind. It’s funny as you talk about writing style, I discovered your projects through a series of diaries you wrote on Portals. Did you find it easier to write on the page first, and then decide you wanted to put it to your music?

I think so, I went to college for a short time and went for a creative non-fiction writing degree. It was all very arts school but it’s what I wanted to do for some time. I decided to quit fairly quickly, and I began working on music almost straight after.

Those Portals kids all have their own different blogs and together I think they are completely responsible for me having a music career. Dave Sutton from Stadiums & Shrines was the first person ever to blog about my music, which at the time was the coolest thing I’d ever seen – ‘oh my god someone I don’t know wrote about this thing I did’.

I think I found Portals through Awd Castles.

Ah yes he has a new soundcloud blog which is unbelievable. All those kids are so dear to my heart, they’re doing something really cool and I hope one day soon they get a cult following – their writing is really good and their taste in music is impeccable.

Is your music intrinsically pessimistic, or is that unfair?

I don’t think it’s pessimistic. I think at first glance this Dawn Golden record is almost entirely dark, and there’s not a great deal of light at the end of the tunnel in terms of lyrics. But musically I try to brighten things up with synthesisers and drums. I’ve always loved bands that could do that, like The Smiths and Joy Division, where you’re dancing to a song but if you decided to listen to the lyrics you’d find it really dark.

What are the differences you’ve noticed going from Chicago to Los Angeles, and perhaps thinking back to your time in Hawaii – do you consider cities a stimulating environment or constraining?

I think both are very important. Going from Chicago to Los Angeles was very interesting, I’m still now realising how completely different those two cities are from each other. The people couldn’t be any more different, and the crazy thing about touring is being in a new city every night and seeing how different everyone is. And then you realise when you go back home that your own city has a similarly distinctive personality and atmosphere.

I fucking hate Rochester, New York. The people are weird, the clubs suck. This will be going out on the internet, but it’s fine – I don’t ever want to play there again.

Cities like that really make me really appreciate Chicago because there’s actually a lot of character and culture, and I find the young movements there really interesting but I’d say coming to Los Angeles I’ve realised how grounded a lot of the kids in Chicago are. As you see on the TV there a load of superficial people in LA, who would genuinely rather look the part of something than actually be doing it, because they just want to be an image, go to a bar and get laid. But still overall I think there’s more talented kids to work with in Los Angeles than Chicago – in what I want to do at least. If I wanted to make a noise band I’d probably go back to Chicago.

Are you sticking around for the festival?

I’m definitely sticking around for Dirty Beaches and I’m definitely sticking around for Atari Teenage Riot because they were one of my favourite bands growing up. I don’t know who else is playing tonight, or where. I have nothing to do tomorrow so maybe I should just head back down here.

You should. Thanks Dexter.

Dawn Golden can be found on Facebook.

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New: Majid Jordan – A Place Like This http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29026-new-majid-jordan-place-like http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29026-new-majid-jordan-place-like#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:52:07 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29026 Having well and truly made their name with a feature and co-produce on Drake’s 2013 world-dominating single, Hold On, We’re Going Home, elusive Toronto duo Majid Jordan (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) step out of the shadows with their first solo release. Although having previously released under the moniker Good People, A Place Like This […]

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Having well and truly made their name with a feature and co-produce on Drake’s 2013 world-dominating single, Hold On, We’re Going Home, elusive Toronto duo Majid Jordan (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) step out of the shadows with their first solo release. Although having previously released under the moniker Good People, A Place Like This marks their first proper foray under their new name. Dropping it through Drake’s OVO Sound label imprint, A Place Like This is much less chart-hit, far more slow burning production masterclass. Layered around a beat that would make The Weeknd turn green with envy, it’s a formidable debut, and features on their forthcoming debut EP of the same title, out 22 July.

Tracklisting:

1. Forever
2. All I Do
3. Her
4. U
5. A Place Like This

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