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Blood Dancer

by Crown Larks

Art-damaged noise rock and eccentric songs with dynamic freakouts, visceral energy, poetic lyrics, whispers, screams, intricate arrangements, tangled polyrhythms, and a kaleidoscope of instruments from sax to percussion to circuit-bent electronics.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gambian Blue Wave
5:54 $0.99
2. The Timebound Bloos
3:11 $0.99
3. Blood Mirage
5:54 $0.99
4. Fog, Doves
5:03 $0.99
5. Defector
6:16 $0.99
6. Chapels
4:49 $0.99
7. Overgrown
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Album Notes
Impose: “… an avant-garde melting pot that depicts what happens when musicians on the same wavelength fuse mind, energy, and talents together as a unified communal-like force. ‘Overgrown’ is not your parent’s side b singular jam band track, but Crown Larks’ experimentation in creating plant and tree like textures that grow before your ears and eyes upon listening. Jack’s voice guides you through the evergreen tall grass, wild grown hedges, the thick of the woods until the Larks transform the entire soundscape into a jungle of amplified orations. Guitars grind against the droning meditation, as synths make circles like a dizzying swarm of birds, buzzards, and scuzzed out fuzz that blares and beats like scuffed up trainers stomping on a yoga mat. In under eight minutes you will have felt as if an entire natural habitat bloomed before you.” -

Ad Hoc: “… exists at the intersection of the free rock, avant-garde jazz, and outre improvisation scenes which have long been a hallmark of the city’s music culture. “Blood Mirage” is the first taste of their upcoming debut Blood Dancer. A lumbering, slow-burn intro is worth the wait as Crown Larks launch into an unexpectedly tight groove, smearing healthy dollops of saxophone over an energetic percussion attack that reframes the preceding skronk as a storm-before-the-calm palate cleanser. In an admirable display of patience they have waited until now to unleash their debut long-player. The authentic chemistry that results from hours upon hours of gigging is heard throughout Blood Dancer.” -

Riding waves of noise and flashes of color out of a Chicago basement and skilled on nearly a dozen instruments that all come out live, the four-piece recalls contemporaries like Boredoms, Deerhunter, and Goat. They relay messages from fragmented minds lost but laughing in a harsh modern squall – alongside the darkest, freest periods of Miles Davis or Sun Ra, the brutal minimalism of Suicide and the Stooges, the surreal lyricism of Dirty Projectors, and the magnetic, sensual grooves of CAVE and Can.

The music recalls punk and jazz energy alike, but rejects revivalism in favor of coursing blood, risks, and visceral energy. Hushed whispers, damaged screams, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, searing guitar, unhinged drums, bent electronics, volcanic organ and more caravan through both dynamic freakouts, hypnotic minimalism, and eccentric songs in which poetic lyrics are swallowed by crushing feedback.

Both the band’s energy and its intricate arrangements blossom in Blood Dancer, its debut full-length, the increasingly rare album of unique-but-unified pieces best experienced as a whole journey. Each song can stand on its own, but only the whole captures the band’s intensity and imagination. Almost wholly live-tracked, the record is a mosaic of sounds that reflects a live show full of instrument switching and live looping.

It’s a record of sharp contrasts that somehow hang together in a mesmerizing, surreal way. Bleak, grinding noise suddenly gives way to ecstatic horn leads or soaring vocals wavering between the immediate and the dreamlike, the ugly and the beautiful, the composed and the random.



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