Black Dog EP
Happy Robots Records
Release: 4 December 2015
Rodney Cromwell presents ‘Black Dog’ EP, ‘Age of Anxiety’ named Top Synthpop Album of 2015
STREAM ‘Black Dog’ EP https://rodneycromwell.bandcamp.com/album/black-dog-ep
VIEW ‘Black Dog’ single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RRYNKdSWCw
“Rodney Cromwell’s music belongs to the future” – NME
“A reminder of good pop tunes from a magical era” – Louder Than War
“Synthpop album of 2015 hands down” – The Record Stache
“This is really just the best album of 2015” – De Kettinggzaag
“Echoes of OMD, Kraftwerk, the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. He even gives the BBC Radiophonic Workshop a run for their money” – Sounds XP
“Sounds like liquid gold. Age of Anxiety has renewed my faith in the digital age of electro pop” – Malcolm Holmes (OMD)
FOR FANS OF: 70’s & 80’s synthpop, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Visage, Kraftwerk, New Order & contemporary ‘retro futurists’ such as those championed by Ghostbox Records. Rodney Cromwell has been compared lyrically to the sardonic wit of John Grant.
LEAD TRACKS: Black Dog (Version), You Will Struggle (Rod’s Glitchy Disco Mix)
London synthpop wonder Rodney Cromwell has released his ‘Black Dog’ EP, the highly anticipated follow up to the debut ‘Age of Anxiety’ LP released in 2015 on Happy Robots Records. The album introduced the modern electronic lover to some epic retro future synth music. It was inspired by the classic analogue-synth pop sound of the 80’s and was complemented lyrically by Cromwell’s acerbic take on his struggle with his personal demons.
The ‘Black Dog EP’ features four all new re-workings of choice cuts from the album, 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’.
In 2015, Rodney Cromwell gained solid support from Malcolm Holmes (OMD) and Rusty Egan (Visage, Rich Kids). The record has had coverage in over 50 countries, including airplay on BBC6 Music thanks to Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe, on Soho Radio with Pete Paphides, with global airplay highlights including multiple spins on national Radio 3 in Spain, extensive coverage on US college radio and play on countless electronic music shows. Press coverage has seen appearances in Electronic Sound Magazine, Impose, Northern Transmissions, NME and many more. In December, The Electricity Club named Rodney Cromwell ‘Most Promising New Act of 2015’ and listed ‘Black Dog’ among their top songs of 2015 alongside Chvrches, New Order, Wolfgang Flur, Gwenno and others. ‘Age of Anxiety’ was also included in +25 ‘Best of 2015′ lists and was named Synthpop Album of the Year by The Record Stache.
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, recorded three Peel Sessions and had top 10 album of the year in The Sunday Times) and one half of electronic two-piece Arthur & Martha (acclaimed by the likes of NME, The Guardian and Artrocker). On this EP, singer Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) also features on the songs ‘Black Dog’ and ‘You Will Struggle’.
Rodney Cromwell will be appearing on 30 January 2016 at Elecrowerkz, Islington, supporting Massive Ego as part of the Electro London series of events www.electrolondonfestival.com. Contact Happy Robots to be put on the guest list [email protected]
1. Black Dog (Version)
2. You Will Struggle (Rod’s Glitchy Disco Mix)
3. Barry Was An Arms Dealer (AUW’s North-Poindexter Remix)
4. Black Dog (Extended Version)
STREAM ‘Age of Anxiety’ LP https://rodneycromwell.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-anxiety
VIEW ‘Barry Was An Arms Dealer’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8jfuc20QQ4