First Weekend June 22 - June 25
Corbu is a lucid dream you never want to wake up from. A memory of faded colors. Warm light behind a neon sculpture. The green hue of the sky before an afternoon storm. A game of hide and seek. The thoughts you have that don’t make sense, moments before you fall asleep. All of these seemingly mundane yet beautifully ordinary everyday experiences exist inside the universe that is Corbu and their debut LP, Crayon Soul, released on August 5th, 2016.
At times hazy and psychedelic, and at others glittering and electronic, Crayon Soul was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and is littered with rising choruses that wash in and out over building bass lines like moving tides. The LP is the staggering follow up from two earlier EPs, We are Sound (2014), and Everything You Imagine is Real (2015) which drew attention from BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe, garnered a remix request from Jesse Ware, and hype from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more. The band closed out 2016 with a seven-date US-tour supporting Bloc Party, followed by their first-ever festival performance at Austin City Limits.
Fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Graves, accompanied by his creative partner Amanda, drummer Todd Hoellerman, and a rotating cast of musicians for a live experience, Corbu began when Jonathan started having lucid dreams at age 12. That, and when he heard Sgt. Pepper’s from the backseat of his parents car. Together, Jonathan and Amanda create an all encompassing synesthetic experience - music to transport you somewhere else.
Crayon Soul is just that- a wild, internal journey through the darkest reaches of space and the vivid colors of a futuristic rebirth. “It’s a journey through a series of “gates”, or events that you pass through with the narrator,” muses Graves of the album. “At each event, you change and shift into a new part of the story.”
"There's something in there about the ability to see the 'colors and lines between the dots' - the unseen connections between things," explains Jonathan. "Everyone has it when they're little. We have a tendency to become more closed off and lose that ability over time... like a superpower that wears off. I found myself writing about the struggle to remain vulnerable, to keep that way of seeing things."
A collection of fragmented pop songs, coated in a layer of audio aesthetics that crackle and glow like the movie Tron in 1982, Crayon Soul is a dream that Corbu are helping you piece back together, bit by bit.
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