Crumb, have revealed their new LP, Ice Melt, will drop out April 30th via their imprint Crumb Records. The band recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Rado (Foxygen, Whitney, Weyes Blood), engineer/mixer Michael Harris, and walls of instruments and vintage hi-fi recording equipment at Electro-Vox Studios and Sonora Recorders. 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.”
Crumb’s second album, Ice Melt, takes its name from the coarse blend of salts that you can buy from your local hardware store for $9.99 a bag. When sprinkled on your wintry steps, this mixture absorbs water and gives off heat, transforming the snow and ice into a viscous, briney slush and, eventually, nothing at all.
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 debut Jinx, 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.
1. Up & Down
9. Tunnel (all that you had)
10. Ice Melt
Pre-order Ice Melt by Crumb HERE