It’s finally here folks. It’s been a long time since Ghosts, but Crywolf has finally begun to unveil his debut album: Cataclasm.
I’ve heard this album, folks. And let me tell you first hand, it is the perfect evolution and progression of the artist known as Crywolf. For someone who has desperately tried to find their signature sound, it’s comforting to hear it in the purpose of his music. This is the first single, “Rising, Rising.”
Like Crywolf and the album itself, this track is multilayered. You can see it in the waveform itself, but it’s even more clearly conveyed in the addition of sounds and elements in the song over time. Beginning with a xylophone, of all things, adding acoustic guitar, vocals, synths, drums, it all comes together one piece at a time like a glorious puzzle. And then it crumbles, and comes together again. It’s a wondrous exercise in the visualization of creation and destruction, themes far too complex or sensitive for normal top 40 EDM.
One of the most distinctive features of Crywolf’s work are his emotionally laden lyrics, and having spent 45 intense days in Iceland in preparation of this album, those lyrics have never been more personal.
And I Can See Your Blood Flow.
I’m not sure when it started, but for a long time now I’ve had this reoccurring daydream where I walk outside my house, look upwards, and start to slowly float towards the sky. Suspended in the air, rising up, the people and buildings on the ground getting smaller and smaller… It has always given me this very unique feeling that I can’t pin down; Almost like a nostalgia for something that hasn’t happened yet. It’s poetic. Profound. My pulse quickens, I get this invigorating feeling of moving on to another world. It’s almost a sort of “L’appel Du Vide.” Suddenly nothing else matters. I close my eyes and feel absolute peace.
Where am I going? What am I escaping? What awaits me?
I’m not sure where this single came from inside of me, but I know it has to do with that image. The entire time I was writing, recording and producing this, I felt it. It doesn’t have specified verses and choruses, it floats from movement to movement, slowly evolving and growing. I wanted it to be a journey. Every time I listen to it, even now, I feel I’m getting a glimpse into that other world. The clouds are parting, I’m venturing into the void. I hope that, in some small way, it can make you feel the same way.