This captivating new quartet from London are led by singer and songwriter Anna Waldmann who doesn’t bow down to convention in her themes, that’s for sure. Since she was a child, Anna had the responsibility of caring for her mother and grandmother, an experience she draws upon lyrically, especially on ‘Anaesthetic’ which is stark but beautiful in the way it details with its subject matter about pain and morphine. The Cry Baby have a very distinctive sound that feels like a lesson in restraint. The sounds are subtle and anything else wouldn’t offset the voice so brilliantly. And that voice is the most unique aspect to what they do; child-like but ghostly, it draws you in as though you’re being absorbed into some kind of fairy tale. The experience is certainly like falling into another world.
Musically The Cry Baby don’t fit any particular category; there’s a hint of folk, echoes of trip-hop, the escapism of dreampop and occasionally a stripped-back baroque sound. It’s all carefully considered without being so perfect that it becomes sterile. As such, this combination of subtlety, experimentalism and almost lullaby-like sounds is quite beguiling.
The Cry Baby has just been played on BBC6 introducing by Tom Robinson;
“ This band and singer really caught my attention when I accidently discovered them on twitter, it’s all hauntingly beautiful, Anna Waldmann’s voice is both relaxing and honest with little nuances that add to the beauty of the songs, no post production editing just straight up honest song-writing”
“Essentially what a Bjork/Portishead collaboration would sound like but a hell of a lot better. It’s tricky to describe their sound but have a listen for yourselves and get very exited because their live shows are absolutely fantastic” Josh Stone/ The Soft Machine
“It’s about time trip-hop made a come-back, particularly if it’s strung out and elegantly wasted” Carl Loben/ DJ Mag.
Waldmann presents a darkly sinister duo in Antibodies and Funeral that near centers on madness. “When the men in white coats, they come looking for me,” Waldmann croons like a sweet, demented doll. Lyrically, it can be a little farfetched but somehow the sound reins it back from the brink of absurdity: dramatic piano over a bed of trip hop beats gives it unexpected integrity. http://www.loveartmusicbaby.com
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