advertisement
FYI

Crybaby: A Melody Behind

Roots-rock outfit Crybaby made a splash with a sparkling debut record, Paintings, in 1996. Recently reunited after a long hiatus, they've released this cut from an imminent second album that pairs melancholia-tinged vocals and a resonant guitar twang. Gripping stuff.

Crybaby: A Melody Behind

By Kerry Doole

Crybaby - "A Melody Behind" (Independent): Back before the term Americana was coined, Toronto roots-rock outfit Crybaby made a splash in the mid-'90s with a sparkling 1996 debut record, Paintings, produced by Grammy-winner Peter J. Moore.


The band imploded shortly after, but recently reunited, with a slightly different lineup. A second album, Still, is complete, and the first track released, "A Melody Behind," shows the group hasn't missed a beat. The resonant twang of the guitars neatly complements the melancholia-tinged vocals of Rae Billing.

Crybaby is built around her songs, and she delivers them in a voice redolent of emotional authenticity (Lucinda Williams is a clear reference point). She is more than ably abetted by a band comprising A-list players from Hamilton and Toronto, including guitarists Steve Koch (Ron Sexsmith) and Andrew Aldridge (Sarah Slean), Greg Brisco (Junkhouse) on keys, and drummer Lucky Pete Lambert (Kensington Hillbillies).

advertisement

Young roots-based artists seem to get all the attention these days, but these seasoned veterans deserve the spotlight.

Crybaby will launch the album with CD release parties April 14 at Pearl Company in Hamilton and April 19 at Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. Edgar Breau and Colina Phillips from Simply Saucer will open the Toronto show.

CRYBABY A Melody Behind (from album STILL) from lumaRae Photography on Vimeo.

advertisement
Coldplay
Anna Lee

Coldplay

Music News

Coldplay Announce Details For 10th Studio Album, ‘Moon Music’

Produced by Max Martin, the collection is due out on Oct. 4.

Coldplay announced the release date for their 10th studio album on Monday morning (June 17). Produced by Max Martin, Moon Music will arrive Oct. 4, and is led-off by LP’s first single, “feelslikeimfallinginlove,” which, as previously reported, drops this Friday (June 21).

Chris Martin and the band gave fans a taste of things to come at Budapest’s Puskás Aréna on Sunday night (June 16), where they performed the new song in full. Earlier, the group shared a snippet of the euphoric new number on their socials, along with artwork that features the face of a waning planet with a colorful corona erupting from its surface.

keep readingShow less
advertisement