Jacob Faurholt used to be Crystal Shipsss by himself. But Crystal Shipsss is now a full blown band and they’re releasing a new EP full of slow burners like “Listening to Devil Town”, a song about, you’re right, listening to Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town”. Crystal Shipsss EP is out next May 6th on digital + cassette. Daniel would be proud and I’ll probably throw a cassette into the stage when I see him performing at Optimus Primavera Sound by the end of May.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who got to see Jacob Faurholt live in Portugal earlier this year, you might be wondering what’s he up to these days. The good news is that he’s releasing a brand new EP, Geek Love is the Best Love - actually a Thurston Moore quote from his show Jacob attended in Guimarães, Portugal - next Monday on his own label Raw Onion Records. Expect a tape release soon. The great news is that you can already listen and download (for free) the six-track EP on his Bandcamp. Some of those songs were written while on tour through the westernmost part of the Iberian Peninsula. Probably in my own living room. I’d be really proud if someone got the inspiration to write such a song like “Guided by Voices” or “Northern Lights” while sitting on my couch. Wouldn’t you?
Crystal Shipsss, “Yay” (Cakes and Tapes, 2011)
Our label Cakes and Tapes has just returned with its 17th installment. Yay is the debut album from Crystal Shipsss, a sideproject of our favorite Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt, who released one of the best albums of the year earlier on. Yay leaves all that quietness behind, drenches itself in reverb, it even tries to stab you at times in all its low fidelity glory, but it’s still infected by melodies that’ll stick in your head for hours. Mastered by master James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD, Jodis), Crystal Shipsss is quite the antithesis of Faurholt’s solo work but that doesn’t make it less interesting. Discover it below.
Yay is now available on digital and limited edition cassette (50 white C30 tapes) formats. Streaming is free, of course.
[vid] Jacob Faurholt, “The Hoax”
Lovely new vid for “The Hoax”, one of the songs off Jacob Faurholt’s latest album, “Dark Hours”, which you can stream on his Bandcamp. Speaking about “dark” stuff, Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark sings with the Danish songwriter on this song. How can you not love it? Obligatory for those who like their folk music whispered, quiet, with sparse instrumentation.