Today, Crumb announces their new album, Ice Melt, out April 30th via their own label Crumb Records. Convening in Los Angeles to work with producer Jonathan Rado, Crumb tapped into atmosphere-creation like never before, building experimental compositions that are at turns head-nodding and surrealist, energetic and euphoric. Ramani characterizes the album as a “return back down to earth,” a deeply felt examination of “real substances and beings that live on this planet.”
The cultivation of road-worn musicians exploring brand-new sounds, toolsets, and thematic concepts, Ice Melt sees the band pushing themselves into territory they could never have anticipated five years ago. When the pandemic began, changing the ways we relate to each other and to the world, Crumb was halfway through recording the project. The severity of lockdown lent an unmistakable, and irrevocable, weight to the thematic threads that course through Ice Melt—themes of disconnection and dislocation, of changing shape and experiencing new states of being. There is also, despite it all, peace—deep, beautiful relief—the unspeakable euphoria of safety, of taking a step forward and knowing the ground will catch you.
Ice Melt is the follow up to Crumb’s critically-acclaimed debut Jinx, which Pitchfork described as having a “hypnotic quality [that] grows ever more romantic and tense with repeat listens,” and includes the previously-released singles “Trophy,” “Balloon” and “BNR.” The band teased the album earlier this month with a billboard on LA’s Sunset Boulevard composed of all their past project covers.