The debut release from Rodney Cromwell. Ten tracks of acerbic synthpop. Was listed amongst the records of 2015 by 30 sources, including Electronic Sound Magazine. Available on CD.
1. The Internationale
3. Barry Was An Arms Dealer
4. You Will Struggle
5. One Two Seven
6. Fax Message Breakup
7. Baby Robot
8. The Blue Cloud
9. Fenchurch Street
10. Black Dog
Rodney Cromwell: Age of Anxiety CD (Bot5)
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Made almost entirely on vintage gear, ‘Age of Anxiety’ is an album that evokes the synthpop sound of the 70’s and 80’s while still sounding forward looking and fresh. It combines krautrock rhythms with melodic bass lines, the chimes of toy instruments and the bleeps of antique moogs but throughout is as classically pop as R Whites Lemonade. The sound has been compared to early OMD and New Order as well as contemporary electronic acts and other ‘retro-futurists’ such as Advisory Circle.
Track highlights include ‘Barry was an Arms Dealer’ an infectious motorik-beat powers a vocodered tale of juvenescent paranoia. ‘You will struggle’, a duet with Cosines singer Alice Hubley, is an octave-bass driven disco-lament on romantic despair. ‘Cassiopeia’ is an interstellar instrumental of love and loss. ‘The Blue Cloud’ is the sound of an electronic panic attack. And the epic, ‘Black Dog’, is not your normal sort of song about depression, with its robust synths, plaintive harmonies and chorus heavy bass riffery.
Rodney Cromwell is the new project from Adam Cresswell, the founding member of indie-folktronica band Saloon (whose career highlights included three LPs, four entries in John Peel’s Festive 50, three Peel Sessions and album of year acclaim in national press) and one half of electronic two piece Arthur & Martha (‘lovely stuff… more than worthy of your time’ NME) who released the acclaimed album ‘Navigation’.
‘Age of Anxiety’ is an album with crossover appeal; while finding Cresswell a new audience in the synthpop scene, his music is still being embraced by the indiepop crowd. Every track has had radio play with coverage highlights including multiple plays on BBC6 Music courtesy of by Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe, plays by Pete Paphides, repeat play on national Radio 3 in Spain by Julio Ruiz and Marta Echeverría and myriad spins on indie and synthpop shows.
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