Since Sister Crayon’s debut release, Bellow in 2011, Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez have worked relentlessly to re-invent the project. Determined to create the sound they have always wanted to, the focus has changed and evolved to center more towards the project’s founding members. The two have honed in on the electronic side of things, centering more on Lopez’s powerful, diverse vocal range while utilizing heavy electronic beats, live drums (by way of drummer Omar Barajas), and haunting melodies.
Having toured relentlessly for most of 2012, Sister Crayon went into the studio late September to record the Cynic EP. Produced by Wes Jones, the EP was recorded over the course of a weekend at Hangar Studios in Northern California. They spent the weekend experimenting with the studio’s endless amount of vintage Moogs, mics, and even a mellotron to refine the tracks. During the last recording day, the two and Jones wrote and recorded the song, “Meager Leavings” in one sitting during a short break. It was during that session of experimenting with vintage synths and a variety of drum machines, that Lopez and Fernandez finally felt they had discovered the direction they had both been wanting to take. Lopez says the song is a “confessional ode” to her past and describes the song as a prelude to the project’s new sound and upcoming full length.
The Cynic EP is at times, both raw and inconsolable, inspired by Lopez’s absent father and daily frustrations with the past. The project’s new body of work is unapologetic in it’s intensity, allowing Sister Crayon to create their most honest work to date.
Upon the release of Cynic, Sister Crayon plans to unveil a new live sound with tour dates in the Spring of 2013 while also writing new material for their second full length, set to be released in late 2013.
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