Remember life before the smoking ban? How life had a heady, hazier fug of hidden depths and musky abandon? Lord Cry Cry’s debut album throws you into a dreamy what-if world – where the beatnik decadence of the Left Bank is thrown forward to an alternative present, where the eternal, nicotine-hued avant garde exploration has found its way onto the hard drive; where jazz, blues and classic film soundtracks have found common ground with dubstep and electronica. This is the Mississippi Delta relocated to Silicon Valley. This is Tom Waits for the Ableton generation. This is Lord Cry Cry, his debut EP, released on Generation Bass.
Wildly adventurous, evocative and dream-like, Lord Cry Cry is the brainchild of Berlin-based producer and composer Christopher Donaghue, who brings a whole world of experience to this album – a genre-gliding musician and film-score composer trained in the psychology of music and music composition, his work is able to use music and rhythm to affect emotion, and over its four tracks, Lord Cry Cry blends everything from soul to ambient via dubstep and jazz, as much in line with 60s library music as the playful noodlings of Money Mark. On his influences he states: “Until I was about fourteen we only had three albums in the house; Roberta Flack First Take, Motown Chartbusters Vol.3 and The Beatles Oldies but Goldies. They are the foundation of everything I do musically. The more music you have, the less you listen to each track.” Praised, encouraged and supported by Huw Stephens, Rob da Bank, DJ Food, Rob Luis (Tru Thoughts) and Jon Kennedy.
Forthcoming collaborations with Zak Starkey.
named Q Magazine track of the day.
Played extensively on Radio 1 Uk, Radio Eins Germany, KEXP 91.5 New York, Number 1 on Radio Guerrilla Romania. Video for “Blind Lightnin’ Floor” named video of the week on Vimeo, nominated for the German Visual Music Award.