- Release Date 2016-11-11
- Label Happy Robots Records
- Catalog BOT8
Rodney Cromwell's debut album 'Age of Anxiety' was a surprising left-field critical hit featuring in over 30 'Best of 2015' charts including those of Electronic Sound Magazine and The Electricity Club who also named him 'Most Promising New Act'. The track 'Barry Was An Arms Dealer' featured in the 2015 Official Festive 50.
Rodney Cromwell is the nom-de-plume of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica band SALOON (who had four entries in John Peel's Festive 50 & recorded three Peel Sessions) and one half of acclaimed electronic two piece ARTHUR & MARTHA.
Although PHIL COLLINS and his infamous split with his second wife inspired its title, there is none of the vapid over-produced bombast of Collins' work in Cromwell's lo-fi disco lament. 'Fax Message Breakup' is perhaps the bleakest track on an album about anxiety and depression; nevertheless, it has resonated with many and become a fan favourite.
In a miserable year that has seen the passing of loved musical artists, disruption and political upheavals including Brexit and the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the melancholia of 'Fax Message Breakup' is very much of the zeitgeist; a paean to despair and defeat with an incessant disco beat. With the inherent nihilism of its chorus "I can't do this anymore, I don't know what it's for" it is perhaps the perfect soundtrack for 2016.
The EP also features four exclusive remixes. 'Fax Message Breakup' is remixed by HOLOGRAM TEEN (ex-STEREOLAB synth-wizardess Morgane Lhote) who brings her glitchy motorik disco sound to the party and by regular collaborator AUW who stretches the title track into something akin to a dark Depeche Mode synth epic. CHRIS FRAIN from Colorado remixes 'Baby Robot' in a 1970s space disco vein - file between Meco's 'Star Wars Theme' and Space's 'Magic Fly'. And London's THE LEAF LIBRARY close the EP with a beautifully restrained remix of 'Cassiopeia' that sounds like Brian Eno collaborating with Galaxie 500.
'Fax Message Breakup' features Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) on additional synth and Richard Salt (Controllers) on guitar. The video is directed by Dariy Karyakin.