Simon Crab 'After America'
CD Fathom records Fathom 03. January 2016
"An audio tapestry, After America is a tonal epic poem of moods and texture that narrates an intense emotional journey. Instrumental melodies from horn, wind, drum kits, acoustic and electric guitar and even Gamelan percussive arrangements verge on orchestral as they relate tumultuous tales and respite in oasis' of calm. At moments, the instrumentals are pierced by Industrial strength synths and machine drums; other moments are cocooned in shimmering electronics that echo Basic Channel at their most sublime; and still others are haunted by misty ambient-drone. Instrumental bard, Simon Crab seamlessly blends otherwise disparate textures into a cohesive narrative while dragging the music (and listener) through a "hall of mirrors" that flirt with psychedelics. Rather than push his sounds through exaggerations, Crab accentuates and emphasizes using real-time audio synthesis, Supercollider, to instill a distinctly 'other' quality. What might have passed as improvised, minimal folk, or traditional/ethno/post-jazz is actually a kind of 'cyborg-music', a surprisingly harmonious blend of natural and synthetic. After America heralds the end of a colonial Empire that flails in a Brave New World where ideas and change fire across the globe and the speed of thought. In the way that a masterfully woven tapestry depicts tales, so too does After America, taking you on an Odyssey with each listen.

Simon Crab is a music maker since the late 70's, where he founded power-electronics/Industrial, Post-rock, neo-no-wave, electro-acoustic, gabber-techno, ethno-jazz-funk band - Bourbonese Qualk, as well as Sunseaster, an experimental-improvised-electro-acoustic noise project. Crab also learned traditional African and Middle Eastern music and is a member of London's Gamelan orchestra. Crab narrates with skill and captures the nuances of life experience through his music, and transmits both its joyful and bittersweet moments directly to the listeners' heart."

Ibrahim Khider, Toronto, 2014
After America. Simon Crab
Track Listing:
1 'Linear B'
00:00:00 - 04:08:00
2 'Saccades'
04:08:00 - 07:28:60
3 'Wintex-Cimex 83'
07:28:60 - 10:37:04
4 'Solace'
10:37:04 - 13:04:80
5 'Kropotkin'
13:04:80 - 16:06:70
6 'Stammheim'
13:04:80 - 18:51:47
7 'Elite Syncopations'
13:04:80 - 21:14:40
8 'Minor Swing'
21:14:40 - 24:20:50
9 'Useful Idiots'
24:24:80 - 26:32:25
10 'Cobra Mist'
26:39:44 - 30:49:68
11 'Portland Symphony'
30:49:68 - 32:25:04
12 'Static'
32:25:04 - 34:22:20
13 'Lullaby'
34:22:20 - 36:54:10
14 'A whole distant world'
36:54:10 - 40:20:21
15 'For Jian-an'
40:20:21 - 42:17:05
16 'Foreign Objects'
42:17:05 - 45:15:20
17 'Pareidolia'
45:15:20 - 50:21:70
18 'Pervetin'
50:23:70 - 54:18:50
19 'Minus 20'
54:18:50 - 56:26:14

After America was recorded from 2010-2013 in Hackney,Leytonstone and Hastings UK using a variety of acoustic instruments (violins, clarinet, drums and percussion, voice, electric and acoustic guitars, flute) location recordings and audio programming languages - mostly Super Collider.
How to buy
'After America' is available from Fathom as compact disc or MP3/Flac direct download.

CDs are $20.00 USD including postage and packaging available here.

Direct downloads will be available soon.

All music composed, written and performed by Simon Crab with the help of:

Geoff Leigh
Flute on 'Saccades' and 'Pervetin;
Dave Smith
Drumkit on 'Saccades' and 'Minor Swing'
Kenji Siratori
Voice on 'Elite Syncopations' and ' Cobra Mist'
Thanks to
Ibrahim Khider
Support and encouragement
Stephen Band
Audio engineering on 'Saccades' and 'Elite Syncopations'
Andy Wilson
Location recordings on 'Portland Symphnony' (underground gun emplacements on Portland Bill), 'A whole distant world' (Portland Quarries), 'Pervetin'(storm at Hastings Stade) and 'Foreign Objects'(North Greenwich)