Led by multi-instrumentalist and writer AJ Crawshaw, this is a four-piece arrangement hailing from the Kapiti Coast. His bandmates are Cam Sutton on guitars, Simon Laracy (bass) and Aidan Corlett on drums. Recorded and mixed in AJ’s home recording studio ‘Phoenix Burning’ includes contributions from Paul Flemming (e-bow, dirty guitar), Christopher Nicholas (banjo) and Mark Lewis (keyboards, bvs), with the final mastering polish provided by Geoff Duncan.
AJ’s talent on both sides of the mixing desk is evident throughout this 5-track EP, a collection of perfectly written and executed alt pop and folk therapies helping the artist to restore his faith in hope. Each song is meticulously arranged into a tight, tidy space, free from clutter. Whether he’s lamenting a regrettable association or embracing an opportunity to let something go, an honesty shines through. Each ounce of sonic energy has been placed gently into its own space. Each track is a sharp cathartic knife slicing through the thick, splintered twine of disappointment, or as AJ describes it, “…an EP about losing and winning and restoring hope.”