Crumb have only existed for a few years and are already considered the successors of Tame Impala. In 2015 they met at Tufts University – one of the best colleges in the USA. Lila Ramani wrote poetry in high school and first demos for songs on campus. Brian Aronow, Jesse Brotter and Jonathan Gilad listened to Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. As roommates, they shared their playlists on Spotify. Four college kids became Crumb. First EPs appeared on small labels, the band played in bars around Boston. Palm trees, sunsets and pastel colors shimmered through in their sound. When their debut record »Jinx« was released in 2019, Crumb had a breakthrough. Festival appearances in Europe followed. In college, they worked on new songs. Their style meanders like the foothills of the Rhine. Nothing is rigid, nothing remains fixed. Crumb’s sound is like a set of watercolors as a psychedelic trip that you can’t hold on to; that pours from your eyes and wanders into your ears. Crumb refers to their songs as time stamps” when pressed onto records. »We’re always kind of still changing things,« says Lila Ramani “to Loud & Quiet No wonder the band turned to water for its second album. To be fluid in thought, to flush out rigid thought patterns, to let the mind float – when Crumb speak of »Ice Melt,« a waterfall ripples in the background. For the second record they experimented a lot. Not just on the sound. »We’d take a microphone, put a condom on it, put that in a bucket filled with water, and then play a sound source at the water,« says bassist Jesse Brotter in an interview with Rolling Stone »so you would get a slight underwater effect that you could merge with the original sound source..« »Ice Melt« is a child of the 2020s, the style a testament to its own childhood. As if MGMT and Connan Mockasin were forgotten in ball paradise, Crumb throws bright colors, smudges them – and crafts a record that changes shape. Over and over again. What music shaped the band, they tell us here today.
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