Sister Crayon is refreshing to listen to. It’s as simple as that. Synth music with a trip hop soul takes over your ears… Perhaps that was a little over stated, but the soaring voice of Terra Lopez and Co. mixed with spacious distinct rhythms and carefully placed lo-fi effects is worth a listen.
(In) Reverse – Sister Crayon
“(In) Reverse” is the fourth track from Sister Crayon’s new record called “Bellow” released in February of 2011.
I played solo for about a year under the name (Sister Crayon), and then met Dani Fernandez, who played percussion. She started adding MPC beats to my quiet songs and we fell in love with the sound and just played together for about two more years until we met Nicholas Suhr, who plays drums. There have been a few line-up changes along the way, but we are now a four-piece band with the addition of Jeffrey LaTour, who plays keys and guitar. We are the strongest we’ve ever been. We are all really good friends – really like family, so it’s amazing to be able to play in a band and share ideas and create with blood members.
-Terra Lopez from Full Frontal Fashion
When listening to this record it’s impossible not to hone in on Terra’s vocals. Her ethereal voice is a perfect match for the heavy low end rythm backing her up. The song “Anti-Psalm” off “Bellow” has just the right touch of lo-fi goodness, heavy low end and really good snare work.
Anti-Psalm – Sister Crayon
I just picked this record up having read a little about this band based on an upcoming show in LA on a complete whim. I love it when stuff like this works out. I wasn’t expecting this record to be as heavy or dark and distant as it is on some tracks like “Theif-Boxer, Asleep” and “Here we Never Die” in that order, but all the songs on the record work together as a truly rounded album should. All different moving parts working together to deliver a great listen experience. And then I got to the last track…
“Souls of Gold” is the last track on the record. Just awesome. It’s a little bit more my speed compared to the rest of the record, which is obviously why I’m drawn to it. After listening to the whole record I just wasn’t expecting to something along those lines. It was an unexpected taste of synth pop and a perfect way to end this record.
Souls of Gold – Sister Crayon
The best part about Sister Crayon is they are young and creative and willing to push the boundaries of lo-fi synth pop and trip hop. The melodies are great and the songs are well constructed. I won’t be surprised and hope I hear more from Sister Crayon in the future.
Here are a few more tracks mentioned in the article for your listening pleasure and a cool video from “Bellow.”
Thief Boxer, Asleep – Sister Crayon
Here We Never Die – Sister Crayon
SISTER CRAYON “I’m Still The Same Person” directed by Abram Pineda-Fischer
You can buy their record “Bellow” here. (iTunes)
Check out tour dates here.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |
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