• Open Submission

    1. Open Submission
    2. Ohko
    3. Pharoah
    4. Rosewater
    5. Cleater
    6. St. Stephens

    “As the follow-up to his deep, emotional Idle Worship release on Sounds of the Dawn, Alex Crispin’s Open Submission, with the title track streaming below, is a masterful stroke of restrained ambient guitar and synths. The tune submerses you in its washed out, melancholy atmosphere. I want to be here all the time, let me tell you!” – Tiny Mix Tapes

    Part of the Spring Batch released on Constellation Tatsu available on Cassette/Digital in the US here.

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  • Escape the Dark Castle-OST

    Original Soundtrack to the game ‘Escape the Dark Castle’ published by Themeborne

    1. Freedom is Death
    2. Endless Dark
    3. Cult Procession
    4. The Hell Tower
    5. Buried Alive
    6. Your Journey Ends Here

    “Eerie drones and ambient sounds, make you instantly aware of the dark, damp dungeon around you. The threat is looming and intensely oppressing as the first song starts. Dark, long tracks, like ‘Endless Dark’ and ‘Cult Procession’ imbibe your experience with the inescapability of the situation you find yourself in. Trapped in the prison with only one thing left to do: to escape. With this soundtrack, you absolutely know how thrilling a game can be if the vibe and story are right.”– Stranger Aeons

    Alex Crispin – Casio CZ-1000, Casio SK-200, Effects, Dungeon Noises
    Tom Pike – Dungeon Noises

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  • Idle Worship

    “Glittering, glowing, hand-tooled indie new age music from high realms. UK composer Alex Crispin’s debut solo album is assured and sophisticated, effortlessly morphing through different melodic shapes and ever-hovering clouds of beautiful chords. If you’re curious about the spirit of early DIY new age and its recent rehabilitation via labels like Sounds of the Dawn, Idle Worship is an ideal place to start.” – Ambient Music Guide – Best Albums of 2017

    “Based on the tape’s title, I was pleasantly surprised to find Alex Crispin’s Idle Worship to be a beautiful drone album. The album begins with minute synthesiser melodies over a breezy soft pad sweep of chords. Calming, soft, and charming. This is some really special high fidelity new age music. I can feel the warm summer breezes and ideal locations. I lose myself completely. This is definitely something you can relax to. A storm of overtone melodies softly permeates throughout. There is some thoughtful piano work on this album. A while into the second side, hand drums make an appearance. The final track is a fantastic; evocative of Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach with rapid fire arpeggios, guitar, and layers upon layers of keyboards.” – Cassette Gods

    “Discovering a brilliant ambient dimension while escorted by glowing ethereal companions. Nothing but peacefulness and contentment. Idle Worship bubbles notes from keyboard and strings so naturally, like the Selterswasser spring in the German Taunus mountains. Both possessing organic and unrefined aspects. This composition nears the hour mark floating on skilled creativity.” – Lost In a Sea of Sound

    Tiny Mix Tapes

    Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Casio C1000p, Casio SK-200, Akai AX60, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Percussion

    Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Erik Maluchnik
    Released by Sounds of the Dawn

     

    BUY: CASSETTE/DL (USA) / CASSETTE/DL (UK/EU) / SPOTIFY

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  • Baron – ‘Torpor’

    “Fitting into the same countercultural pastoral vein as Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field In England’, Baron also conjure a rather less esoteric North American tradition. By alternating beefy amplified riffing with folk harmonies, Alex Crispin and company summon the sprawl of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, condensing an entire discography, from the acoustic pop of ‘Harvest; to the incendiary roar of Weld, into a single disc.” – The Wire

    “There are a select few albums that seem to create and inhabit a micro-environment of their own. For want of a better description, there’s an extra-auditory presence when you play them, something beyond just the words and music coming out of the speakers. I’ve had Baron’s Torpor in my possession for a few months, and I now realise that I’ve been sub-consciously rationing my plays of this album, not because it hasn’t grabbed my attention, but because I don’t want to break its spell.” – The Quietus

    “Dragging itself out of a some celestial marsh — all fog and stars — the song slowly makes its way towards civilisation, one enormous squelching footstep at a time. And by civilisation we mean a 13th century dwelling teetering between worlds. And when it gets there it does not knock but stands at the threshold with fire licking across its skin. It glances at the ghosts of all that have lived there and all that will. It’s at this point that the sky rips in two.” – 20jazzfunkgreats

    “Post-rock and Krautrock-influenced melodies droning to hypnotic effect, the vocals coming across as an incantation, and the drums set as a heartbeat.” – Classic Rock

    Alex Crispin – Vocals, Guitars, Electric Piano, Percussion
    Luke Foster – Drums, Organ, Percussion
    Peter Evan – Bass
    Blue Firth – Organ, Synth, Vocals
    Joe Hollick – Guitar

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Jamie Gomez Arellano
    Released by Svart Records

     

    BUY: LP / CD / ITUNES / SPOTIFY

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  • Baron – ‘Columns’

    “Columns is full of shaded space, the keyboards taint everything a deep, dark blue while saxes rise nomadically from the murk like Terry Riley’s pink elephants. It’s deep hued and heavy of brow and paces forward steadily rather than breaking into a gallop. That Baron hail from Brighton feels right: the album sounds like a stumble down the seafront during twilight – during the creaking hour – with a heavy heart, as a bottle of Lucozade turns into a magic wand in your hands.” – theQuietus

    “…a cave of such beauty that it hurt to think of it laying, underground, all this time.  Sometimes you just want to be sung to in a voice that sounds like waves and sunshine. Sometimes you wish for that episode of Miami Vice where Crockett & Tubbs spend the entire episode sat on the Porsche, watching David Byrne perform on a street corner to no one. Sometimes Vangelis in his New Age pomp is exactly what you want to hear.” – 20jazzfunkgreats

    “The “prog-ness” of Columns is not that of Rush, but of A Love Supreme. Columns is an album with movements, with the willingness to slow down before the cloudbursts and with the maturity to restrain the explosions so that the vocals can keep their chanting consistent enough to guide you through the voyage. Visually, it’s a misty record; all the places it takes you to are subtly obfuscated through a UK haze. The nightfalls are sitting on hilltops looking at the village below; the sunrises are made diffuse by non-threatening fogs. It’s an album that makes you feel like you’ve woken up to a non-day, the kind of day where you never feel 100% present and your to-do list lacks its usual importance.” – Secret Decoder

    Alex Crispin – Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Percussion, Field Recording
    Luke Foster – Drums, Synth, Percussion
    Peter Evan – Bass, Percussion, Bicycle
    Blue Firth – Organ, Synth, Vocals
    Nicholas Whittaker – Clarinet, Horn, Vocals
    Ross Hossack – Synth

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Carl Saff & Jamie Harrow
    Released by Parlion Records

     

    BUY: CD (SOLD OUT) / ITUNES / SPOTIFY

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  • Baron – ‘New Follower/Comea’

    Alex Crispin – Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Percussion
    Luke Foster – Drums, Synth, Percussion
    Peter Evan – Bass, Percussion, Bicycle
    Blue Firth – Organ, Synth, Vocals
    Nicholas Whittaker – Saxophone, Vocals

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Carl Saff
    Released by Parlion Records

     

    BUY:  ITUNES / SPOTIFY

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