The Crystal Method Album Breaks Down First LP As Solo Artist, 'The Trip Home': Exclusive


Las Vegas duo The Crystal Method has been a staple of the digital music scene because it burst onto the scene with 1997's memorable basic Vegas. Hits "Busy Child" and "Comin' Back" are nonetheless monsters, able to blast a membership crowd within the face with taste. It's been greater than 20 years of growth, and now The Crystal Method is again to show it hasn't misplaced an oz of its adventurous sound - even when it's now right down to a solo act.

Ken Jordan formally retired from the music recreation in 2016, however his accomplice Scott Kirkland didn't lose step. He obtained proper again into the studio, put his head down, and continued the sonic saga of the dance behemoth. The result's the 11-track album The Trip Home.

The act's signature acid-electro fashion remains to be on full show. Metal parts merge with industrial techno to create a warehouse rave within the thoughts. It's theatrical and steamy, lovely however haunting. There's one thing decidedly sci-fi about it and otherworldly. In that sense, The Crystal Method has not modified. Billboard Dance caught up with Kirkland to speak in regards to the journey, which truly concerned lots of cool mates alongside the best way. It could be his first solo report, however he didn't need to make it alone.

Learn the again story of The Trip Home beneath.

“The Raze” Feat. Le Castle Vania
More steel than EDM, this flamable monitor was born out of an impressed demo from Dylan Eiland, aka Le Castle Vania. “The Raze” (which means to destroy to the bottom, to demolish and to construct again once more) options the very proficient Tony Buchen enjoying bass by means of my classic Electro Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer pedal. The OB-6 from legends Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim screams for consideration, and my mate Glen Nicholls (co-producer and co-mixer of The Trip Home) helps me carry down the hammer and kick off.

“Holy Arp”
This was the primary monitor I wrote after Ken’s departure again in 2016. “Holy Arp’s” brooding downtempo groove got here from one among my favourite synths, the Arp 2600 and 1621 Arp Sequencer. Co-produced with my mate Glen Nicholls, Holy Arp options Jimmie “the Dynamic” Wood on harmonica and vocals. 

“Moment Of Truth”
Glen and I sourced the propulsive bass from my Memory Moog, and most of the synths sounds are from my favourite iOS app Virsyn’s Cube. Wanting to seize the vitality of one among my favourite LA golf equipment from the early 90’s, Truth, the propulsive beats and driving synths seize the euphoric feeling of a Michael Cook set on the Park Palace. The monitor actually opens up at 1:45 when the groove drops out and a tender palette of synths and strings permits the monitor and the listener to breath. Long-time collaborator Tobias Enhus provides natural and artificial parts to carry the vitality to a boil. 

“Ghost In The City” Feat. Le Castle Vania, Amy Kirkpatrick
Dylan (LCV) performed me a brief demo of “Ghost” that he and Toronto artist Amy Kirkpatrick had began on a couple of years again. Being that Dylan’s studio is simply about 50 ft from mine, I will need to have heard them engaged on it by means of the partitions, as a result of I felt a right away connection to the it. I visualized our spirited protagonists journey by means of turmoil, confusion, elation and the inevitability. Amy’s stacked concord and wistful voice are lifted and carried ahead by the formidable Prophet 6; lastly breaking freed from construction and order, and calmly dissolving into the ether of time.

Another stellar collaboration with my mate Glen, the intro of “Turbulence” options one among my favourite synths, the Roland Jupiter 6. (It's) fed by means of a couple of of the unique Moogerfooger pedals and feels like 7 million kilos of offended hornets lifting into house. The beat is nasty, the grove is relentless, and when all the things drops out, we needed it (to really feel) just like the tranquility of ambient house.   

The final monitor added to The Trip Home got here from an outtake from a scoring session. After Tobias added a little bit of magic, "Carry-On" evokes a sense of motion and is a beautiful transition monitor between “Turbulence” and “The Drive Inside.”
“The Drive Inside”
This songs all about beginning over, grinding it out, overcoming doubt and discovering the interior drive to push on and transfer ahead. Glen added a little bit of cheeky bass and New Order impressed guitars. “The Drive Inside” is one my favourite tracks on the brand new album. It’s additionally a reminder to jettison negativity out of your life and to nurture creativity and kindness. As “The Drive Inside” drifts away the reward for all of the arduous work begins as “Chapter One” fades in.
“Chapter One” Feat. Teflon Sega
This is collaboration that Tobias Enhus and I began firstly of 2017. Featuring the superior Gavin Mcdevitt on vocals, “Chapter One” is cinematic, and I dare say a bit gorgeous. 
“Cabin Pressure” Feat. Matt Lange, Justin Chancellor
Matt Lange introduced his spectacular euro-rack setup over to Crystalwerks one week in 2017. After exchanging Pro Tools periods with Matt and a late night time bass session with my mate Justin Chancellor, “Cabin Pressure” shortly developed into one among my favorites from The Trip Home. Check out the frantic Jupiter four arpeggio, bunker busting breakbeat, and be sure you take a deep breath when the chaos offers option to emotive Prophet 6 chords and JC’s affected person chords. 
“There’s A Difference” Feat. Franky Perez
Bringing solely the vocals and wailing guitars (by Jeff Caldwell) ahead from a monitor referred to as “Difference” on the final TCM album, Franky Perez’s compelling narrative of dependency and hope has been re-imagined. Inspired by Franky Perez’s gritty vocal, “TAD” developed from a demo Glen created. As quickly as we added bass (Tony Butchen) and drums ( Matt Chamberlain), “TAD” started to bloom out of the shadow of its former self ("Difference"). TAD is devoted to all those that proceed to battle and battle habit as a result of “Old Bad Habits Are Hard To Break however There’s Something Good In The Distance And It’s Different.”
“Hold On To Something” Feat. Teflon Sega, Delilah Paz
Distance, each actual and imagined, is a significant theme of The Trip Home. Gavin units the tone with one other gorgeous efficiency that performs off the lyric within the monitor "Chapter One:" “If I by no means make it again to you/ Maybe you may come in search of me." As the monitor evolves and Gavin’s voice begins to float away, the temper lifts once we right here the stirring and commanding voice of Delila Paz (The Last Internationale). Delila’s voice is genuine and distinctive as she delivers lyrics of hope and empathy, whereas imploring anybody who’s feeling misplaced to carry on… as a result of she’s going to take us residence.
“Lets Go Home”
Tobias Enhus and I've had this lovely tune on the rack for the whereas. Initially, we considered including a vocal, however I’m so glad we left it as an instrumental. “Lets Go Home” is mid-tempo temper lifter and the right finale for The Trip Home.