FRANK / Gem of the Peak | CRASH Presents

Gem of the Peak is the upcoming debut album of promising Indie Rock band FRANK. The Wirksworth group, who have secured a modest following through their catchy tunes and larger than life stage presence, are releasing the album with Sound-Hub Records on May 11th, 2018, but I was given an exclusive preview to review. For those who are fans of talented vocals and an array of influences combining into a unique and widespread choice of sounds, this album is for you.

The Low Anthem / The Salt Doll Went To Measure the The Depths Of The Sea | CRASH Presents

The Low Anthem are a an understated, psych-indie folk band who have released their fifth album; The Salt Doll Went To Measure the The Depths Of The Sea. The album is out on 23rd of February.

Major Denial – Duchess of Sufferings / CRASH Presents

Duchess of Sufferings is the first full length release from Greek progressive power metallers Major Denial. The album is inspired by the Clive Barker novel Coldheart Canyon, about an ageing and abandoned movie star, who falls under the spell of the titular duchess and her promises of immortality.

Dead Vibrations – S/T Album | CRASH Presents

Dead Vibrations have been graced with a niche opportunity on account of how rare sightings are of psyched-out, shoegazing, grunge monsters in their native Stockholm, which has made the band’s birth and rise all the more streamlined.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

On November 14th, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announced a new album and stated that everyone is free to create CDs, vinyl presses or cassette tapes.

CRASH presents: Dijf Sanders / Java | W.E.R.F. Records

The Belgian exotica producer has constructed an audial narrative that rings with mystery in a foreign land.



Kudos to Flemish producer and composer Dijf Sanders for immersing himself (and his field recorder) deep within the pulsating heart of Indonesia’s musical and ceremonial culture, as the fruits of his latest labour are a bizarrely balanced cocktail, laced with jazz, electronica, and a liberal dose of psychedelia.

He fuses the natural and digital worlds to a mystical and often haunting degree. Tracks Calunpung and Bandung hypnotize with their alluring woodwind, jangling chimes, and metronome percussion; the latter sprinkles in teardrop notes of electro, which evokes the synthetic seduction of Vangelis, as if we are being led through a South Asian remake of Blade Runner.

This cinematic edge persists throughout the album to great success. The overarching sense of narrative unfolds from the intro, Akim, with a steady reveal of its cast of instruments as though characters in an Agatha Christie mystery. Onward, it leads us through weaving streets of intrigue and menace by way of Cibeusi, which gives way to the doom riddled denouement, Teguh — its melancholic pizzicato coupled with long drawn strings suggests that in the end, our hero does not prevail.

The journey through this foreign locale does suffer from a few snagging tangents, with a couple of tracks, and sections of others, failing to fit the overall flow. In otherwise a tightly told tale, these incoherences can make our trip to the Asian island feel more like a smash-and-grab guided tour than a truly enveloping expedition.

However, the first release from the album, Jaipong, is a crackingly accessible number —within and out with the confines of Java — with a pounding DJ Shadow-esque beat and an 8-bit-akin electronic organ, the combination produces a mysterious yet momentous rhythm that would accompany a foot chase through a bustling market in a spy flick to the tee.


Album will be released on 8th of December pre-order here.