Cold Crows Dead – Ghost That Burned Your House Down

Don’t shun winter. Embrace its wintry darkness with a dose of psychedelic melancholia from Brighton duo Cold Crows Dead. Murray Macleod and Paul Steel gravitate towards the psychedelic influences of Sparklehorse compounded by their use of theremins, mellotrons and analogue synths. The death of Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous was the despondent catalyst for debut album I Fear A New World. There are few tracks on the album that epitomises their diverse song-writing but opening track ‘Ghosts That Burned Your House Down’ sets the tone. The lo-fi gloom is offset by inherent pop structures with vocals that loom like a spectre of Wayne Coyne. And die-hard Beach Boys fans will be happy to hear that Stephen John Kalinich even features on the album. Quite possibly the most exciting band from the south coast this year.

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