After discovering Los Angeles shoegaze outfit, Crescendo, in the summer of 2014 it feels as if I’ve had “Gatsby” stuck in my head since. Catchy, hazy yet so satisfying, the indie trio comprised of Gregory Cole, Olive Kimoto and Jess Rojas, know a thing or two about good vibes and the power behind an emotion. One thing I’ve always appreciated about their music is that they have the ability to capture a moment when both your heart and mind is on overdrive while still managing to express everything gracefully.
On February 19, the band will be releasing their sophomore effort, Unless, the follow-up to 2014’s Lost Thoughts via Italian label, We Were Never Being Boring. First single, “Repulsor,” is top-notch Crescendo 2.0 featuring dreamy vocals set to early 90’s-esque synth while lyrics such as, “We’re drifting in dreams now, the ghosts have gotten lost somehow / It’s your time, be free right now,” give off a determined notion to erase those false starts and begin anew.
“Writing music has always been the way for my subconscious to communicate with me. When I’m put on the spot to write lyrics for a composition, my heart will force out my dearest thoughts that aren’t always known to me. Crescendo coincidentally means growth, which is something Olive, Jess, and I work on constantly. We’re never good enough. There’s lyrics I’ve written years ago that teach me things I needed to know then, and I usually unlock them much later. Repulsor came to us out of thin air, my emotions at the time embodied the laser beam riffs, light speed drum beats, and holy synths. We like to write music that offers support to others. I’ve seen what fast drum beats can do to ignite people at live shows, dance floors, and car-rides. Repulsor is just that, a science fiction laser beam controlled by our guitars & emotions igniting those around it, engulfed in musical chaos, and therapeutic lyrics from the future for all of us. A light speed space journey through our world firing at everything in our path, our hardships, our growing minds, to break through our adventures through music and life.“
Catch Crescendo live this fall:
11/18-11/20 TEDMED House Band (private event) – Coachella, CA
11/24 The Hideout with Millionyoung – San Diego, CA
11/25 Harvard & Stone DreamGaze Festival Presents: The New Division [DJ Set] + PART TIME + Millionyoung & Crescendo – Los Angeles, CA
Listen to “Repulsor” below:
Pre-order Unless here.