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Crumb - Jinx

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:9 Release Date:2019-06-14
Crumb - Jinx
Crumb - Jinx

It has been a while since I've heard a musical combination that actually seems quite outside what seem to be set standards in modern music. And not only that but something that seems rather natural and effortless, as it was meant to be. Quite lofty, you might say, but out of ‘nowhere’ or to be more precise, Brooklyn, NY comes Crumb a quartet that has been able to do that with their debut album Jinx.

No real jinx here, or there shouldn’t be, because Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, keys, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), and Jonathan Gilad (drums) are able to combine all the best psych chops of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval with quite a dose of Stereolab and Laetitia Sadier and add to all that some jazz progressions and changes. At the same time, they do it all with such ease and assuredness, as this might be their fifth or sixth album, as it might take some groups to really get into their stride.

Even more striking is the fact that Lila Ramani wrote most of the songs that ended up on their two initial EP’s (2016 and 2017) while she was in high school and college, and it is a good guess some of the songs on Jinx originate from that period. Quite possibly, the three years that passed and constant touring and recording helped them hone their music presented here.

From ”Cracking”, the album's starting point through constant changes of “Ghostride” and “The Letter” and “Part III”, the most impressive tracks here to the closing title track, Crumb go through constantly ever-shifting, languid changes, driven by Ramani’s vocals and guitar with the rest of the band adding exactly what is needed to keep the music both complex and listenable at the same time, at moments even recalling the best of the so-called Canterbury School, like on “And It Never Ends”.

And weak points? Actually none! With Jinx Crumb build such high expectations for what is possible to come that it makes you wonder how they are going to keep it up.

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