There comes a time in every artist’s career when a conscious decision needs to be made on which path to take. To render themselves vulnerable to criticism, unveiling their innermost creativity and vulnerability through their art.. or to conform to what might be trending at the moment. For Crywolf, his new Skeletons EP (out today) represents this crucial juncture and the next step in his evolution as a complete artist.
With the lead single “Weight
” having been premiered by AP
a short while ago, fans of Crywolf knew that his next release signified the start of something special for the LA-based starlet. Skeletons
is a fascinating culmination of talent, perseverance, and unbridled creativity. The 7-track EP is beautiful to the point of heartbreak, tugging at heartstrings through a swirling mix of diverse musical elements and organic composition. Read what Crywolf had to say about his EP below:
“The first time I saw a real human skeleton I felt a very peculiar sadness and shock inside of myself. It wasn’t a reaction to the bones themselves, but to what had once covered them; the strength, beauty, and complexity they had once supported. An entire world had once rested in that skull. How much love, pain, happiness and grief had that frame supported?
As an artist sometimes you write about presence, and other times, absence. You use lyrics and music to run your finger around the shape left by something lost. This EP is negative space. It’s the frame supporting something that should be there, but simply isn’t. A harsh reminder of what once was; of an unchangeable breach in the order of things. Biting, but necessary.
This is my sackcloth and ashes. This is my 7 stages all wrapped up into one. I didn’t want to put most of these songs out. They all feel excruciatingly vulnerable. However, I decided I’d rather end my life pinned down, splayed out on a dissecting table than be stored away in formaldehyde, buried with my secrets.
So here I am. Here’s the knife. Be gentle with me, please.”
Crywolf, otherwise known as Justin Taylor Phillips, is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles, CA who is known for his emotionally driven, melodic electronic music. He’s charted on Billboard, Hype Machine, and iTunes as well received praise from Vice, Nylon, Redbull, and Fuse. His most ambitious work and debut full length LP, Cataclasm, was hailed as his greatest work to date and over the first part of of 2016 he released smash covers of Flume and PVRIS along with official remixes from the likes of Bassnectar and more. His first headlining tour saw sellouts in a dozen markets as he released to first two singles off his forthcoming EP to critical acclaim. He’ll kick off 2017 by releasing a brand a third single and then his new EP with more of the forward thinking, emotional indie electronic music.
– 150 Million + plays collective across social streaming networks.
– Cataclasm debuted Billboard #17 on Heatseekers and #8 on Electronic.
– Over 1000 combined days of USA iTunes charting over entire catalogue.
– 300,000+ Monthly Listeners via Spotify
Festivals Confirmed for 2017 (More TBA):
Firefly Music Festival
Electric Forrest (Both Weekends)