Blood Dancer

by Crown Larks

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Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier This is just killer. Some raw psychedelic rock with varied instrumentation including horns, flute, rhodes and organ that sometimes veers towards free jazz. I also recommend cranking up the volume as you enjoy this (LSD optional). As an aside, I'm pleased to see they properly credited their party favor player.
Tyler Cruz
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Tyler Cruz Fucking amazing that's it. Beautiful, terrifying.
Rasmus Hansen
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Rasmus Hansen Meandering songs, playful composition. Still there is not a chord too many. I can almost not believe how well-crafted the album is. Maybe "Defector" is a little too minimalistic at times.
This is a masterpiece. Favorite track: The Timebound Bloos.
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Turn it up loud, high dynamic range master // mastered to sound good turned up loud in the famed """"OLD SKOOL STYLE.""""

“… exists at the intersection of the free rock, avant-garde jazz, and outre improvisation scenes which have long been a hallmark of the city’s music culture. “Blood Mirage” is the first taste of their upcoming debut Blood Dancer. A lumbering, slow-burn intro is worth the wait as Crown Larks launch into an unexpectedly tight groove, smearing healthy dollops of saxophone over an energetic percussion attack that reframes the preceding skronk as a storm-before-the-calm palate cleanser. in an admirable display of patience they have waited until now to unleash their debut long-player. The authentic chemistry that results from hours upon hours of gigging is heard throughout Blood Dancer.” - AdHoc

“…a coed unit of electro-jazz shapeshifters with a penchant for blending the schizophrenic and radical musical movements its hometown is notorious for producing.” – The Village Voice

“… an avant-garde melting pot that depicts what happens when musicians on the same wavelength fuse mind, energy, and talents together as a unified communal-like force. ‘Overgrown’ is not your parent’s side b singular jam band track, but Crown Larks’ experimentation in creating plant and tree like textures that grow before your ears and eyes upon listening. Jack’s voice guides you through the evergreen tall grass, wild grown hedges, the thick of the woods until the Larks transform the entire soundscape into a jungle of amplified orations. Guitars grind against the droning meditation, as synths make circles like a dizzying swarm of birds, buzzards, and scuzzed out fuzz that blares and beats like scuffed up trainers stomping on a yoga mat. In under eight minutes you will have felt as if an entire natural habitat bloomed before you.” - Impose


released April 7, 2015

Lorraine Bailey – electric piano, organ, vocals, clarinet, synths
Jack Bouboushian – guitar, vocals, bass, sleep machine, pedals
Bill Miller – drums
Peter Gillette – trumpet, flugelhorn, party favor
Chris Boonenberg – saxophone on Blood Mirage, piano on Chapels
Kevin Ohlau – saxophone, flute

Recorded and bounced off 2” tape by Nick Broste at Strobe Recording. Additional recording by Brian J Sulpizio and Jack Bouboushian. Nick mixed Chapels and Blood Mirage at the Shape Shoppe. Brian mixed the others in Little Village. Jack and Lorraine helped/hindered them.

Mastered by Carl Saff. Collage by Michael Hart.

Released on Spacelung / Landbreathing records (CD/LP/digital) and Already Dead Tapes (cassette).



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Crown Larks Chicago, Illinois

polyrhythmic post punk // eccentric noise lullabies // machine-tooled no wave // free jazz-inflected krautrock // PURE CRED //

"Crown Larks threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted.” – Stereogum
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Track Name: Gambian Blue Wave
Watch it unfurl
What do you say?
Rushing blue waves

Look back toward a time
Words always trite
Wasn't it a pain for men unraveled at night?

Autumn haze and soft light prying through a floor down to a
Dark maelstrom of bloated flesh
Gilded waves and vultures flying

A black rider came

And your life
Lived just to unwind
Just to unwind
Pale face, dry eyes
With your pride
I knew it'd end
Down in the dirt
And not by my side

(The waves crash, guess who I saw alive)
Tired of talk about himself
He wants to roll out like a radiant low tide [says]
What you said before, it's not me, I work hard to stay [How was Dad set up? Sister, don't lie, I wanna...]
Said we're onto something, can't live in the city, orange sky and dead
[Drag you out, eat you up, saw your eyes, a candid]
[Bluff] Eyes on the freeway [And what a shame, the kids don't care to lay blame]
And what a shame, the kids don't care to lay blame [Tell me why you're crying, praying and revealing, ashen concrete baking, weeds all pale and breaking]
That's my brother smiling, he don't care bout lying, while we're in the
Track Name: The Timebound Bloos
Slow down
As all I
Promise you
Same thing

Drinking from a rose
On my pretty cat's birthday

Lose my
Track Name: Blood Mirage
They all lay and clamor before him
Their lives one long sigh
A turn of the wrist and it rains down
The lies and lives, why?
And I'm closer
I'm closer


Sun glistens off sand canyons
The mirage was not a mile
Volcanic sighs underrun a sly smile
The blood in my mouth starts to dry
Come closer
Come closer

Wax palms
Gauze eyes
Cut tongues
Pure light
This is my wartime, blown out a faultline

Graph lines
Cross my
Jet black
Gun sights
Every time I close my eyes, I watch it float away like a
Track Name: Fog, Doves
Drive out to our little stream
Come on in, dive in with me
The water’s fine, the sky‘s streaked
Reflects the face you’ll make the last time we

Today I felt death’s here for me
To take me away to that beautiful gray
I’ve always known it in my bones
Won't be long
Til I fall

Long gone
I knew you when
Sweat it out on a splintered floor
Bet your life on an empty room

Today I felt death’s here for me
To take me away to that beautiful gray
I’ve always known it in my bones
Won't be long
Til I fall
Track Name: Defector
Slow wave goodbye
Our space filled with buzzing flies
Machines grow humane
Hand over my name
But you request that I sail tonight

Like lovers in night air
Disappear as another will


Dry when you come in from the rain
And all its smells of someone’s graceful wife [So you ride a crestless wave]
You lie awake and think of days [a canopy to something felt]
That once they came [And I was the one that knew you when]
Would make her melt, I [Your tongue had spilled all it’d]

Search my scattered gaze
Rather, wander inner mazes and floods of birth
Out of
Track Name: Chapels
Trusted myself on the way off the island
But it doesn’t take much just to pacify me

How suddenly I’d seen the light
saw a lone hawk framed against a melted sky
Then sham apples, sham trees, sham houses and winters
Face of the earth tongue tied

Come out of it

The sun isn’t moving and no leaves falling
Sludge in all springs, shit’s gone awry
So ride that well dry
Run rings round a sun for the rest of our lives

Collapsing into night
Something to scratch and uncover and grind
And ride that well dry
Each new step forward a thousand miles behind
Track Name: Overgrown
I wonder why I live here
Under an orange sky
Something to build on
Continues to elude my

As young spiders balloon away
So brothers say to
Crawl through life in a manic reverie
Take care no one listens when you speak

The seeds I’ve sown around all ground to grain
My wedding gown the gauze over garlanded eyes set to lie, trained to strain
Round a mile of late

Burn my lamp alone
til I hear you’re reborn

Then maybe I’ll raise em elsewhere
Maybe ill jump ship

Stumble around and
lay awake and

It floods and surrounds
Kelvin… the bough

The sea’ll rise