Today sees the release of Bounceology, the new album from Cape Town based gypsy jungle rock collective Crimson House.
For the record, Crimson House wrote their latest album Bounceology while on permanent tour around South Africa. This was inspired directly from South African musical acts surrounding the ever-burgeoning music festival scene.
The band recorded the album with Antonio Cencherli of V-Lab productions at SoundCast studios in Cape town. It was mastered by Simon “Fuzzy” Ratcliffe of Sound & Motion studios.
Riaan Smith comments on the album
“We are so excited about the Bounceology album, we put so much of ourselves into it and it really shows in the music. it’s a real turning point for us in how we have developed as a band and musicians.”
It’s no surprise that a sound was born from the dust and mud of boots stomped from dusk until dawn. Fueled by souls set alight, released into the wild-eyed dream of a moment unlike any that came before it. Inspired by the people, the chants, the community, the journey, and the joy of coming together in song and becoming closer to your fellow human more than ever before.
More info about Bounceology
Bounceology is the manifestation of a group of friends. They are all motivated to be the catalyst of human connection. They create songs, rhythms and stories that can unite people. This reminds us all us why we are so much the same.
This group of friends who couldn’t be more different from each other, created music together that has its own combined identity greater than the sum of all its parts, the spirit of togetherness.
Songs such as “Mama Land” tell the story of a yearning to come home to the land of your birth. “Unicorns” gives the listener permission to be themselves. “Medicine” speaks of love as the cure to all ailments. It comes as no surprise that each song on the album holding a message you can take home.
Songwriter and front man Riaan Smit collaborated with incredible musical artists. The list includes violin virtuoso and songwriter Luca Hart. Long-time collaborator Ann Jangle, Queen of African fusion Nhoza and Phantom of the Opera New York Broadway star Robin Botha is also on that list.
The band enlisted Zulu African Jazz legend Tebogo Mokoena to arrange the brass sections on most of the songs. This brings an epic flavor of South African roots to the album. The term “Bounceology” was conceived by master Jazz artist Gareth Harvey. The album art was hand illustrated by Elio Moavero.
Check out the music video for their track “Unicorns” below
To celebrate the release of the album the band are embarking on a Nationwide South African tour… Make sure that you watch one of this kick-ass live act’s shows in a town / city near you.
Crimson Bounceology Tour Details
- 30 August – Woodcrock, Nelspruit
- 31 August – Radium Beer Hall, Johannesburg
- 5 September – Lagom Café, Pretoria
- 6 September – Railways Café, Centurion
- 13 September – German Beer Festival, Pretoria
- 15 September – JARR Bar, Pretoria
- 20 September – Rumours, Johannesburg
- 21 September – Mercury Live, Cape Town
- 22 September – Lente in die Bierland @ Sir Thomas
- 24 September – Die Boer, Durbanville
- 27 September – White Mountain Festival
- 5 October – Bosrock, Nelspruit
- 6 October – Park Acoustics, Pretoria
- 11 October – Barrel & Blues, Swellendam
- 12 October – At the courtyard, McGregor
- 13 October – Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville
- 18 October – The C Club, East London
- 19 October – Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
- 20 October – Blend, Knysna
More info about Crimson House
In case you did not know, Crimson House is multi genre gypsy rock band that combines several styles. This includes Ska, Afro Blues, Hip Hop, Blues & Rock.
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