Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t write my end of year lists until the end of the following year, as there’s always so much I miss. Rodney Cromwell’s Age of Anxiety is another example of a great album from 2015 that I didn’t hear until this year.
It’s a fantastic slice of analogue electro-pop. I know little of the technical side of making music, but this is one of those records that makes me want to know what bits of equipment were used in its’ making, because it’s full of such great sounds. The vocals are often understated, but listen closely and you’ll notice the lyrics are deep, confessional at times, and full of a wry humour.
Choosing a favourite track is tough. I’m quite partial to You Will Struggle, but in the end I have to go with epic closer Black Dog (which was also released in a couple of seperate versions on an EP later last year) The 7 minute album version is still my favourite version, surprisingly euphoric for a song about depression, and with excellent use of a glockenspiel (or xylophone, I always get those two mixed up).