From Catford in South London, Rodney Cromwell is the electronic project of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica act Saloon who recorded three LPs and three BBC sessions, and was one half of acclaimed electronic two-piece Arthur & Martha.
Rodney Cromwell's debut album 'Age of Anxiety’ combined danceable rhythms with the chimes of toy instruments, and the bleeps and whistles of retro synths. It explored themes such as paranoia, despair, love, loss and depression while retaining an upbeat pop sensibility. The follow-up EP, 'Rodney's English Disco,' was released in 2018 and took his analogue synth sound in an often bleaker new direction. 2022 finally saw the release of a full second album, 'Memory Box,' which fused a European synthpop sensibility with a world of magical realism. Inspired as much by the literature of Alice in Wonderland, Franz Kafka and Anna Kavan as by its musical influences, the sonic pallet of 'Memory Box' is rich, colourful, often surprising and utterly unique
Rodney Cromwell has been featured by a wealth of publications including NME, Electronic Sound, Huffington Post, Paste, Shindig!, Louder Than War, The Big Takeover, Magic RPM, the Bandcamp homepage and Mobile Musician magazine who featured him as their cover star. He has had national radio play in Japan, Finland, Germany and multiple spins on RTE in Ireland, on BBC 6 Music in the UK and RNE3 in Spain for whom he recorded a live session. He has twice featured in the Official Festive 50 on Dandelion Radio (with 'Barry Was An Arms Dealer' and 'Memory Box'). He was named 'Most Promising New Act' by ElectricityClub.co.uk and both albums were named in the albums of the year lists of Electronic Sound magazine (in 2015 & 2022) for who he also recorded a live session.
Live he has supported acts including Pram, Marsheaux, Death & Vanilla, Rowetta, Steve Davis, A Flock of Seagulls and in 2022 he toured with Blancmange. He has played Festivals including Threshold, Indietracks and Madrid Popfest. In Summer 2023 Rodney completed his first full UK headline tour.
“Rodney Cromwell's music belongs to the future” NME
“His new lo-fi disco laments are joyfully simple & painfully funny” The Huffington Post
"Sounds like liquid gold. Age of Anxiety has renewed my faith in the digital age of electro pop" Mal Holmes, OMD
“This really is the best album of 2015” De Kettinggzaag
“Like a spiritual experience or something” Pop-O-Matic