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The Crystal Method

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8:00 PM

For more than two decades, The Crystal Method has remained at the forefront of theworldwide dance music industry as pioneers of the big beat genre, innovators of the90s electronica movement and current-day global ambassadors of the Americanelectronic sound. Originally formed as a duo, alongside now-retired founding memberKen Jordan, The Crystal Method today lives and breathes as a solo act, with co-founderand originator Scott Kirkland at the helm. And with the artistic reboot comes the nextchapter in The Crystal Method timeline: The Trip Home, out September 14 on thebands own Tiny E Records.As the sixth full-length The Crystal Method album and Kirklands first as a newfoundsolo act, The Trip Home serves as the creative rebirth of the brand. An artistic manifestoand love letter to the electronic world, The Trip Home welcomes Kirkland at the driversseat with full control of the reins.The Trip Home is co-produced with veteran producer/remixer/composer Glen Nicholls,who has worked with legendary artists like The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Sia andUNKLE, among many others, in addition to scoring several of his own feature films.For the new album, Kirkland dove deep into the decades-spanning discography of TheCrystal Method. The result is a sound that revisits the roots of the classic CrystalMethod aesthetic, while pushing its possibilities into the future. Equal parts throwbackand dynamic futurism, The Trip Home expands Kirklands unrestrained curiosity intonew realms and new sounds.To perfect this fine balance, Kirkland took a back-to-basics approach, which saw himfiring up his arsenal of analog synths and reconnecting with his collection of vintagegear. The lead single Holy Arp captures this calculated formula perfectly: A broodingintro of darkly tinged bleeps and bloops slowly builds the songs tension before it poursinto a bed of chunky synths, distorted reverb and alien sounds. Its minimal, vocal-lessmelody allows space for the synths to expand and reach a high peak beforedisintegrating into the ether.It was Holy Arp that gave Kirkland the first flashes of the cohesive sound that wouldshape The Trip Home.As soon as I got that track going, I knew I had found the direction for the new album,Kirkland says. It reverberates with the sound of Crystal Method classics like Name ofthe Game and has some of the gnarliness of Vapor Trail. Its an angry, ballsy,bombastic trip down the inner workings of the vintage ARP 2600 synth.Elsewhere, the emotional ballad Ghost in the Cityco-produced with electronicartist/producer Le Castle Vaniais a narrative-driven electronic dream that floatsthrough dark clouds and shredding guitars, while singer-songwriter Amy Kirkpatrick delivers an angelic and touching vocal performance. The Raze, also producedalongside Le Castle Vania, is a mind trip through thick and heavy synths that unfurlswith cinematic, dark drama.It was great to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dylan (Le Castle Vania) againon two tracks from the new album, Kirkland says.Theres a Difference, a reimagining of the track Difference off The Crystal Methods2014 self-titled album, is a full-on alt rock hybrid that mixes melodic electronics, pulsingbass via Tony Buchen (The Griswolds, Boyzone), punching live drums from Grammywinner Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple) and riveting vocalsfrom singer Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Slash). Distance is both cinematic andtheatrical as it reaches toward progressive crossover territory in its delivery of chainsawguitars, electronic atmospherics and operatic vocals care of Delila Paz and Teflon Sega.Collectively, The Trip Home pieces together the fundamentals of The Crystal Methodsstoried past while adding new, unexplored elements for a cohesive, unique sonicexperience thats as diverse in sound and style as it is anthemic and driving.I wanted to create a concept album of sorts, Kirkland says, a project that speaks towhats going on in my life right now and a vision that also brings

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