Happy Robots Records has released ‘Fax Message Breakup’, the new five-track EP from Rodney Cromwell. Rodney Cromwell is the nom-de-plume of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica band SALOON (who had four entries in John Peel’s Festive 50 & recorded three Peel Sessions) and one half of acclaimed electronic two piece ARTHUR & MARTHA.
Although the EP’s title itself was inspired by PHIL COLLINS’ infamous split with his second wife, you won’t find any of the vapid over-produced bombast of Collins’ work in Cromwell’s lo-fi disco lament. ’Fax Message Breakup’ has become a fan favourite, having resonated with many.
In a miserable year that has seen the passing of loved musical artists, disruption and political upheavals, the melancholia of ‘Fax Message Breakup’ is very much of the zeitgeist; a paean to despair and defeat with an incessant disco beat. With the inherent nihilism of its chorus “I can’t do this anymore, I don’t know what it’s for” it is perhaps the perfect soundtrack for 2016.
The EP also features four exclusive remixes. ‘Fax Message Breakup’ is remixed by HOLOGRAM TEEN (ex-STEREOLAB synth-wizardess Morgane Lhote) who brings her glitchy motorik disco sound to the party and by regular collaborator AUW, who stretches the title track into something akin to a dark Depeche Mode synth epic. CHRIS FRAINfrom Colorado remixes ‘Baby Robot’ in a 1970s space disco vein – file between Meco’s ‘Star Wars Theme’ and Space’s ‘Magic Fly’. And London’s THE LEAF LIBRARY close the EP with a beautifully restrained remix of ‘Cassiopeia’ that sounds like Brian Eno collaborating with Galaxie 500.
‘Fax Message Breakup’ features Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) on additional synth and Richard Salt (Controllers) on guitar. The video is produced by Dariy Karyakin and features Alisa Karsova.
Rodney Cromwell’s debut album ‘Age Of Anxiety’ was a surprising left-field critical hit featuring in over 30 ‘Best of 2015’ charts including Electronic Sound Magazine and The Electricity Club, who also named him ‘Most Promising New Act’. The track ‘Barry Was An Arms Dealer’ featured in the fan voted 2015 Official Festive 50. It also brought recognition from OMD’s Malcolm Holmes, who noted said that this “sounds like liquid gold. Age of Anxiety has renewed my faith in the digital age of electro pop”.
The ‘Fax Message Breakup’ EP has been available for digital download since November 11, 2016. The album ‘Age of Anxiety’ is out now on CD and digitally. Both are released by Happy Robots Records and distributed by Cargo Records.
1. Fax Message Breakup (Single Mix)
2. Fax Message Breakup (Hologram Teen’s Video Suitors Remix)
3. Baby Robot (Chris Frain Remix)
4. Fax Message Breakup (AUW’s Obsessive Perfection Remix)
5. Cassiopeia (The Leaf Library Remix)