Crumb, Brooklyn’s band of trippy indie funksters, are back with two new songs in the shape of ‘Balloon’ and ‘BNR’.
Both tracks have a wobbly and woozy feel to them, like you’ve been up all night don’t quite know where you are, what time it is, or where you parked your car, but it doesn’t matter because whatever you did that night was so fun.
‘BNR’ is the slower and hazier of the two tracks, featuring a strange sitar-like guitar line and lots of room for the band to float in and out of. The track creeps and crawls, shifting between beat stops and feedback-laden interludes. A delightfully serene string quartet, flanked by bird noises, closes out the track.
“‘BNR’ is an ode to my favourite colours,” singer Lila Ramani explains. “I had a weird obsession with those colours in winter 2018-2019 and felt like they would follow me around everywhere I went. ‘Balloon’ tells the story of a girl that dances so fast in the club that her head falls off.”
Never has a subject matter fit its song’s sonic qualities so perfectly. ‘Balloon’ is dizzyingly danceable, with punishing four to the floor rhythms and gentle coos to come back to the dance floor driving into a poppy, club ready sound.
The two tracks sound like they would fit in perfectly on the band’s debut, 2019’s Jinx, which also features the combination of foggy production and insistent rhythms. Currently, both ‘BNR’ and ‘Balloon’ stand on their own: the members of Crumb have yet to announce a follow up to Jinx, even as they continue to release singles like last month’s ‘Trophy’. Hopefully, the increased output indicates that some new full-length material is on the way, but until we get a press release in our inboxes, we won’t know for sure.
Check out ‘BNR’ and ‘Balloons’ down below.