I’ve had a long standing friendship with the gang over at Crash Symbols. Besides sending our blog regular updates on their cassette releases (nothing get’s us going like real live mail) they’ve helped sponsor our events and always delivered top notch material. This week, I’d like to focus on a few of their releases that have really defined the label as one of the most progressive DIY curators on the market. Crash Symbols is known for taking risks. Despite their lust for an electronic pop aesthetic, each release transcends genre and baffles bloggers as they struggle for the words to categorize the music.
Let’s do this chronologically, shall we? If Hèloïse, upon introduction, doesn’t draft a Tears for Fears dynamic orientation than I don’t know what does. Noah Wall, local Brooklyn-ite and sound designer, came to Crash Symbols back in September of 2011 to collaborate on a cassette that, still to this day, remains near the top of my pile. Leading with the charging ‘Mind Games’ and floating to ‘In C(anada)’ gives you a clear look at what’s ahead: a challenging game of audio tectonics that slithers through all the emotional amendments lost on most electronic composers.
M A N by MondreM.A.N. (Oakland, California)
Secondly, we have M A N, a hip hop release from the label that incorporates all the integrity that separates the elite from the crowd. MondreM.A.N. put the cassette out back in February and, surprise, surprise it’s sold out. Track for track, the album is justified as poetic beyond the standard of showmanship. It develops on a transcending level that touches on a personal lifestyle in touch with the only generation that matters. M A N blends the heavy handed realities of life with the blissful delivery that is music.
Memory by Ender Belongs to Me (Brooklyn, New York)
Last, but certainly not least: Memory. An album composed entirely in Garageband and nurtured by an anonymous duo. Noted across the internet as some sort of damaged offspring of a cultural victim, Ender Belongs to Me, in our blogs opinion is more of a truthful realization, an ephiphical journey told through the shackles of pop society. While many took liking to tracks like ‘All Working’ and ‘You, Sir’, it was ‘Animate‘ that glued the EP together. @Dingusonmusic