Have you ever astral projected or anything of the sort? Do you remember your dreams very clearly and have fond memories of them? Well then good for you, but I personally don’t have the attention span for it. And it’s a bummer because I rarely remember my dreams, so I never enjoy fantasy land and all the wacky stuff one can get into there. So I’m super happy that a band like Crumb exists because listening to Crumb is how I feel dreams would sound. Well, this and Tycho, oh man do I love Tycho.
Self-released on June 23rd, Locket is the trance-inducing second EP by Crumb, a Brooklyn via Boston-based band, with jazz inspired indie psychedelic tendencies. Only 16 minutes in length, it’s a short listen, but in that short amount of time, you are taken on a trip. And in all seriousness, this is the kind of music that would be perfect on a “trip.” The guitar is loose and jazzy laying the framework for the song just like the woman playing the fretboard. That woman is Lila Ramani, and it is through her that these songs are born and take on a new life when the rest of the band gets a hold of them.
The synths remind me of 70’s jazz fusion outfits, think Return to Forever or Weather Report meets any artist on the Stone’s Throw label, past or present. A perfect set piece for these walking dreams I’ve been going on the past few weeks. They are funky, jazzy, classical, and it is all tasteful. Adding to the soundtrack of my dream is the insane rhythm section of this band. Which is about as funky and as loose as they come, all while remaining completely contained. The bass player has insane riffs and is a driving force to these songs. The bass line at the end of “Thirty-Nine” is best described as bad ass.
In dreams, there is room for anything. You can eat as much candy as you want or fly around Bed-Stuy counting Bodegas. I also picture a lot of clouds and soft colors and I get that vibe from each one of the songs on this release; in the big psychedelic jams in “Plants” and “Thirty-Nine;” in the shoegazey guitar tone in “Recently Played;” and in the chorus of “Locket” when Lila sings “Hear my secret”.
This band has a vibe that is so flawlessly perfect that it’s nearly impossible for me to wait for another release. These four songs now make up seven Crumb songs you can find and listen to, and gosh darn it, I want more! These four people are concocting a real special mix of sounds in their heads, and unlike SpongeBob, this shared dream experience has been very successful and enjoyable for myself and many others.