- Release Date 2015-11-06
- Label Happy Robots Records
- Catalog BOT6
Rodney Cromwell's debut LP 'Age of Anxiety', which released in 2015 on Happy Robots Records, introduced the modern electronic lover to some epic future synth music with a retro twist. Influenced by OMD, New Order and Kraftwerk, the album has crossover appeal that equally embraces synthpop and indiepop. It's no wonder that Rodney Cromwell gained solid support of Malcolm Holmes (OMD) and Rusty Egan (Visage, Rich Kids) on its release.
Utilising an arsenal of analogue synths, 'Age of Anxiety' evokes the synthpop sound of the 70's and 80's, while still being forward looking and sounding fresh. Multiple tracks have premiered on BBC6 Music thanks to Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe, on Soho Radio with Pete Paphides, and tracks have gained airplay all over the globe, including multiple plays on national Radio 3 in Spain and extensive coverage on US college radio. The lead track 'Barry Was An Arms Dealer' premiered in the USA in The Record Stache.
The 'Black Dog' EP features alternate cuts of album tracks, cranking the knob marked 'analogue synth disco' to eleven. Black Dog (Version), with a merciless edit, turns the lengthy epic album track into the tightest radio-friendly ode to depression you will ever hear. You Will Struggle (Glitchy Disco Mix) was made for the dancefloor landing in uncharted territory between Rex the Dog and 'The Best of Divine'. Rod's offbeat wit shines on 'Barry was an arms dealer (North Poindexter Mix)', albeit with a dark reimagining, taking the track into death disco territory. Finally Black Dog (Extended Version) restores the epic bass riffs and jaunty synths that won the 'Age of Anxiety' closer so much praise.
Hailing from Catford in South London, Rodney Cromwell is the solo project of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica band Saloon (who had four entries in John Peel's Festive 50 & three Peel Sessions) and one half of electronic two-piece Arthur & Martha (acclaimed by the likes of NME, The Guardian and Artrocker). On this single, singer Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) also features on the songs 'Black Dog' and 'You Will Struggle'.