by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
The poetic verses of Claire Cronin’s gothic folk music unfold with patience and haunting prose. Big Dread Moon, Cronin’s upcoming album on Orindal Records (Lisa/Liza, Moon Racer, Greg Jamie), is full of delicate compositions with lyrical themes that tend to stray into frightening worlds of beasts in the dark, fever dreams, and suspended reality. The songs are gorgeous but in their shadows lurks something malevolent and disorienting.
Following the release of album opener “Tourniquet,” Cronin shares “Wolfman,” another dimly lit folk song, built on mythological creatures and a slow paced semblance of understanding. Built on a crawling tempo, an airy acoustic guitar, and the uneasy warble of Cronin’s gorgeous voice, every strum rings out until complete, a stunning testament to the slow and beautiful sound of Low or label mate Lisa/Liza. The story of the Wolfman is an interesting one, and the lyrics are abstract enough that they don’t need to have explicit meaning to be enjoyed, but there’s room for interpretation and heavy hearted tension.
06/21 - Chicago, IL @ The Hungry Brain w/ Moon Racer
06/22 - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox *
06/23 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Green Acres *
06/24 - Ypsilanti, MI @ Ziggy's w/ Moon Racer *
06/25 - Toronto, ON @ Burdock *
06/26 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola *
06/27 - Brattleboro, VT @ Stone Church w/ Ruth Garbus *
06/28 - Portland, ME @ The Apohadion Theater w/ Greg Jamie *
06/29 - Providence, RI @ 159 Sutton St *
06/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right w/ Matt Bachmann & Moon Racer *
07/01 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge *
* w/ Advance Base
Claire Cronin’s Big Dread Moon is out June 14th via Orindal Records.