Throughout their years together The Crowleys have focused on building a danceable set through a venn diagram of inspiration from 60s rock, 80s pop and modern psychedelia. Peppered throughout their music is a driving and crunchy rhythm, distinctive synth warble, diverse vocals, and mind-melty guitar tones. Each member of the band brings their own musical interests and expertise to the table in a collaborative songwriting process. The finished product, underscored by Cohen Wylie’s consistent and distinctive production style, is a high energy psych-pop soundtrack steeped in nostalgia.
The Crowleys consist of Cohen Wylie (guitar, vocals, production), Stuart Downie (drums, vocals), Giulianna Frontini (vocals) and brothers Justyn (synth, guitar) and Collin Horlick (bass, bass synth). Wylie, Downie and the Horlicks have been playing together for over a decade since bonding over music in high school. They built a foundation in kaleidoscopic psych-rock that led to stage rattling live shows across the GTA. With the addition of Frontini in 2019, the band naturally evolved to focus on more melodically forward psychedelic pop songs.
Somnia marks the first single to be released in preparation for The Crowleys debut full length album. Drawing inspiration from the atmosphere of 80’s movie soundtracks – a la Carpenter, Vangelis, Moroder – the song pushes the band’s typical shimmering psychedelic pop to heavier, darker places. Airy vocals soften the hazy, dystopian vibe, carrying the instrumentation to a final, epic resolution.
The LP collects songs developed over the past few years during a time of reflection on the growing volatility in modern politics, society, and media. These reflections inevitably made their way into their writing, but you will have to listen carefully, because it is steeped in metaphor, wrapped in a patchwork of oozy-bruisey instrumentation, and laced in an effervescent production. It’s one hell of a trip.
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