Cricket Spin
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"They come about post-Arcade Fire, Polyphonic Spree, and Sufjan Stevens, and though their sound is indicative of this, it is in no way derivative. Instead, the group, led by cracked-voiced wünderkind Ben Yonda, creates delicately beautiful soundscapes that tell winsome stories and navigate various emotional experiences. Never above a flute solo or xylophonic backups, Cricket Spin nevertheless manage to form a sound that escapes the sticky gray area of preciousness. They are instead a wonderful band of musicians who are equally in touch with their craft and their emotions. I will be quite surprised if they do not land major deals and attention by the year's end. " - Like a Rolling Stone


I'm always curious on how people find out about new music. More often than not I'm standing in a packed venue of some unknown band and ask myself - not all these people read music blogs, do they? Only bloggers read blogs, right? Whether it's myspace or yes, blogs, or perhaps just some clever marketing schemes, we live in an age when pure word of mouth has taken on a whole new meaning.

Luckily I'm sent a good deal of new music on a regular basis, but sometimes, good old fashion, "hey check out this band" works, too. So I was delighted to find New York band Cricket Spin through a friend of a friend of a friend who handed me their CD one night before heading to a show. As fate would have it (even though I planned to have them as Band of The Week already) I ran into that friend of a friend of a friend last night. Tricky, eh?


Cricket Spin is a Brooklyn based meshing of all sort of sounds and influences. No song sounds the same, but all are infused by quite haunting song writing - the kind that deserves a few listenings. I found myself listening to their music on repeat while on vacation last week, it's the kind of music that you want to sit back, relax to, but making sure you listening quite carefully.

The band consists of six people, but has been known to throw in some added players for their live show. It's a pack of instrumentalists that harbor on some of the greatest indie folk, in a refreshing new way. You Are My Home is hands down one of the best albums I've been handed, and yet I was informed that the best was yet to come.

Grains of Salt, Grains of Sand, is their latest effort shows the most promise. Equally as beautiful as You Are My Home and yet the small intricacies of each instrument is much more present. In a song like "Vanishing Point" it's almost impossible to choose what stands out. It all works seamlessly together. And with that many instruments, that's quite a feat.
- Underrated


"...moments of Small Faces, Elliott Smith and a strong Beatles-esq. influence. It’s all warm. Like that blanket that sits on your parents couch. The one you love to wrap up in by the fire while sipping tea with old friends. That’s what Cricket Spin feels like….old friends…always wonderful to run into."

http://www.myselfmyself.com/?p=34 - Myself, Myself


Discography

"Cricket Spin" EP 2004
"You Are My Home" LP 2006
"Grains of Salt, Grains of Sand" LP 2007
"Cricket Spin/A Wonderful" Split 7" 2007

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Bio

From a secluded basement in Brooklyn, an assemblage of folk singers,punk rock kids and classical musicians come together under the collective name of Cricket Spin. Fueled by a mixture of red wine and brightly colored sweets, the group creates lush arrangements, adorned with orchestral swells and thoughtful melodies. Each song is built upon humble and intimate folk structures. Cricket Spin's live performances consist of six to ten players weaving rock guitars, piano and woodwinds to create a symphony of bipolar pop music.