Crumb - Jinx
New York-based psych-rock quartet Crumb has independently released their first full-length album titled Jinx. This project is equal parts jazzy as it is psychedelic, with ethereal, spacey synths accompanying reverb-saturated guitar chords and vocals, over jazz-infused drums. Tracks like M.R. have a slow, trippy feel to them, leading the listener down an audio-hallucinatory rabbit-hole, with others like Nina and Part III taking a more upbeat route while still maintaining the psychedelic feel. The band has absolutely found its sound, with Lila Ramaniâs intimate vocal performance giving the album a nostalgic and comforting aura. Ramaniâs voice combined with noteworthy instrumental performances from bandmates Brian Aronow (keys & saxophone), Jonathan Gilad (drums), and Jesse Brotter (bass), creates a vibrant and warm soundscape that makes the listener feel at home despite the anxiety-ridden subject matter of much of the tracklist. The guitar solo on Fall Down is perhaps one of my favorite moments on the album, rivaled only by the solos on Nina and the molasses-like breakdown on And It Never Ends. This was a fantastic follow-up to the bandâs 2017 EP, Locket, and I expect that this is only the beginning for Crumb. â
Author: Frank McLaughlin
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