It’s a bit simplistic to say that we were all shaped by what we listened to when we were growing up. If that were truly the case in regards to music, it’s likely that every pop song would sound like the Saved by the Bell theme tune and there would be a lot more attempts to Spice Up Your Life by the current crop of musicians. But with some artists, it’s almost irresistable to imagine what they might have spent their formative years playing.
Judging by his 6 track, eponymous debut, Crowns might have spent his pre-pubescence being force fed progressive rock by his parents. Regurgitated in a garbled manner, the music produced by this young Canadian is nowhere near as filled with pretension as it’s 1970’s forbearer, the wanky elements of prog replaced with a lo-fi, scuzzy bliss. The extended, unorthadox form is still there, but somehow crushed within the constraints of sub-4 minute songs, all of them slow burners and equally worth the wait. Guitar lead and somehow somber, the word mood-music seems derogatory but feels ample – as long as the mood that your in is one to wallow and take stock, that you might’ve found your match.
Crowns – Sherbourne
Crowns – Haunted Mirror