Heavyweight black vinyl with 32 Page A6 poetry book comprising lyrics from the record and additional artwork. Released 26th June 2020.
‘Call in the Crash Team’ is the debut album from new genre-splicing band LYR (poet laureate Simon Armitage, producer Patrick Pearson & musician Richard Walters).
The album is an easy to love mid point between poetic spoken passages, soaring vocal melodies, and instrumentation which gleams like a rough cut jewel.
It is set to convert any previous sceptics of spoken word, thanks to Armitage’s accessible and compelling lyrics as well as Pearson’s seductive bricolage of musical styles and Walters ’evocative vocals.
That philosophy of sonic exploration manifests in the album’s ambient post rock passages, jazz flourishes, atonal experimentalism, as well as swoony strings and piano and some more unusual instrument choices too, such as the kora (West African stringed instrument).