Our first mixtape in a while and by far our biggest, with some amazing new material… The Cyclist, Seth Graham, Charlatan, Foodman, Holly Waxwing, Baal Astarté, Luxury Elite, Stephen Farris, Blackhoods, Vanilla Hammer, and Cream Dream all sent in new tracks, among many others… we’re proud to have it featuring an amazing contribution from Brett Naucke’s upcoming LP on Spectrum Spools and a track from one the first projects we’re working on with a fellow West Virginia artist, Unsung. We were concerned to triangulate a great variety of material on this mix and though it often skews toward minimalist electronica, psychedelia, and a little pop that maybe sounds weirder than it needs to, we hope there’s a little bit for anyone that’s been following Crash Symbols over the year. Click through to Bandcamp to download for free. Thanks for listening and thanks to all the artists involved for making this and the label possible.
The second tape we mentioned earlier: Playa Piano, a collection of brilliant mash-up/edits from Cam Potter of Little Spoon. Check out the first single “I’m a Grown Up, For Real” along with a stellar write-up from Impose, or just peruse the album over on our Bandcamp. Thanks for listening <3
"The Playa Piano cassette is a logical progression of our modern mixtape fetishism, DJ Screw worship, and softening of battle lines between mainstream and indie. Yom San chops Cam’ron’s ‘Hey Ma’, looping and freaking the piano sample to Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Maps’ like Greg Gillis with a codiene addiction. On ‘I’m A Grown Up, For Real’, he meshes Jay-Z’s ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’ with Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and it could feel like this has been done before, but Yom San’s low rpm-mentality infuses the mash-up with just enough new car smell to take it for a test run. It feels safe to say, Playa Piano is the end game. It was the last move to be made in the culture of mash-up and in post-DJ Screw stylistic biting. It’s finally over, people. (At least, until Greg Gillis is forced into retirement by Coachella and promised a yearly stipend on the condition he headline in 2024.)” -Blake Gillespie, Impose
We imagine Thessaloniki’s Plastic Flowers as a fairly intrepid duo, George Samaras and Angelos Paschalidis, even if only for the gracious introduction to Greece’s contemporary music scene that our preparations together have provided for Liz and I. Their new album Evergreen showcases a streamlined version of their typical sound while preserving the interest in tape machines and analog synths that still best distinguishes them, though much in their music still willfully avoids easy categorization. To call it shoegaze or dream pop misses the real relationship, and to hear their instrumental work upends everything; more noise churns below the surface than can simply be heard.
We’ve been working on this for a minute and we’re glad to finally be sharing it - keep your eyes peeled over at Inner Ear for information on the vinyl edition or click through to our Bandcamp for the cassette. We’ll also have information available for digital purchasing shortly.
Here’s an artifact from before the winter, a new single from Beggars in a New Land - whose debut was our third cassette, and fourth release ever (circa January 2011). They’ve lately landed at the likes of Earmilk and Interview Magazine, so we couldn’t be prouder. Check them out on SoundCloud and stream their new single below.
Earlier this season we announced plans with Greek duo Plastic Flowers, whose album Evergreen was originally slated for release around now. The intervening months have left us with plenty to do while the band segues onto Inner Ear Records, a noted Greek indie imprint founded by their countrymen in Patras, a contemporary cultural center in northern Peloponnese. Our new plans call for a coordinated album release in February, just before the band begins touring internationally through March and April.
Outside of that, we’re psyched to be getting ready for a rest over Christmas, but thanks to everyone for their help making 2013 an incredible year for Crash Symbols. Merry Christmas and thanks again for listening!
Thanks to Hartzine for premiering “French Theory,” one of our favorite tracks from Exotic Club’s No Dance cassette (and a natural selection, all things considered). Click here to scope their coverage and stream below.
Check out Atlanta producer Matt Weiner’s remix of “Freaks” from No Dance, recently featured by Glenn J. over at XLR8R; Matt (Featureless Ghost, TWINS, CGI Records) also mastered the cassette, so we were psyched he had time to pull this together for the b-side as well.
Just started sharing our tape with Portland’s Exotic Club! Click through to our Bandcamp for purchasing info. They’re doing some shows out West for the rest of the week so stop by their Facebook for details and check them out if you can. As always, thanks for listening!
"Exotic Club is a synth-punk project helmed by two Parisians, Remi Boille and Simon Lowzy, splitting their time (not so glamorously) between France and their adopted neighborhood: St. John’s in Portland, OR. No Dance collects their first noisey, tweaking collaborations, recorded while Boille and Lowzy transitioned to part time in America with their first shared basement together. Its five tracks explore the eccentricities of their new environment, particularly the strong current of unconscious alienation that often sets commercial culture apart in contemporary urban spaces. Energetic production and the two’s vibrant delivery elevate the mix from just synth-punk, showcasing a considered approach to their commercial and experimental influences, in addition to a balanced emotional palette – in spite of dramatic vocal interplay and the periodic intrusion of manipulated dancehall effects. Three b-side remixes complete the collection; a moody, chilled out treatment from fellow Portlanders, Coastlands; a driving Roladex edit; and a further treatment from Atlanta’s Matt Weiner (Featureless Ghost, TWINS), who also mastered Exotic Club’s a-side."
Still a few days left on UGSMAG’s Meanest Man Contest giveaway - click through here to submit your pick for “meanest man” in order to enter the running for a free tape copy of Everything Worth Mentioning. If you don’t feel like thinking about nasty dudes or like you quite deserve a free copy, here’s access to the paid version :(
No Fear of Pop was kind enough to premiere a new remix and video from Alak, two characteristic treatments of Michael RJ Saalman’s track “Cancerous,” from Ripe Hymns.
"…while Saalman’s original gently jangles along an upbeat rhythmic structure, ALAK’s take on the tune heads in a drone-infused, drugged out direction with a deliberately unwieldy and decomposed result, rounded off by the aptly mesmerizing visual psychedelia of the accompanying video collage, assembled by ALAK herself."