words by tom johnson
GoldFlakePaint is now a physical publication.
Issue 3 (Big Thief) can be pre-ordered here
With a couple of low-key releases already under their belt, Crake – a “perpetually Autumnal” quartet from Leeds – are looking to step things up a gear this year, with a new three-song EP, Dear Natalie, which will be released in June. Announced today, the full release of the EP is followed by a European tour alongside Big Thief, which kicks-off next week in their hometown, and also takes in London, Manchester, Glasgow, and more – full details of which can be found below.
Unveiled here today, ‘Glycerin’, the EP’s lead track, is moody and full of melancholy. Making good on those aforementioned seasonal references, the whole thing feels like it could buckle at any moment, trapped by the weather, shrouded within a cloud that shortens the distance to the only the immediate, somewhat suffocating space you find yourself in.
Musically, the track feels beautifully meditative, in spite of the sadness that underpins it. A slow, plodding drum-beat sets the tone, the overall mood only occasionally lifted by underlying sparkles of guitar, which threaten to break-out but never quite do, and a lead vocal so gently weary it’s hard not to feel instinctively drawn to it, to raise it up, to push it forwards.
Both graceful and bewitching, ‘Glycerin’ feels like an immediate and determined stride forward; a pensive, dejected moment of magic, but magic nonetheless. Listen below right now.
18th Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
19th SWG3, GLASGOW
21st Vicar Street, DUBLIN
22nd O2 Ritz Manchester, MANCHESTER
23rd Roundhouse, LONDON
24th SWX Bristol, BRISTOL
26th Cambridge Junction, CAMBRIDGE
27th Trabendo, PARIS
28th Botanique, BRUSSELS
3rd Lido, BERLIN
4th Bogen F, ZURICH