Release Date: Feb 11, 2014
Record label: Sumerian Records
Genre(s): Electronic, Trip-Hop, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock
In an age of BuzzWorthy click-bait, apparently people only want to read lists. So here’s mine… 1) The best thing about this album are the little Phil Collins ‘In the Air Tonight' drum fills. I’m going loco, al desko… 2) Especially the little drum fills at the end of the first line of ‘The Epilogue’ (“It’s a strange day. The roses are in bloom.
While Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez have always been creative kindred spirits, the longtime friends have kept themselves busy in very different ways. Where Moreno prefers to be out in front of things, diving headlong into side projects like Team Sleep and Palms, Lopez has preferred to act more as a facilitator, producing and mixing albums. With Crosses (more commonly written out as †††), the pair finally team up to explore their shared melodic sensibilities.
Do you have a meaningful relationship with the music of Deftones? Are you in a meaningful relationship with someone who does? If that’s the case, I don’t think I need to tell you the code we follow: Chino Moreno is off. fucking. limits. I suspect he’s become one of the most likable rock stars at his level because when he embarrasses himself—and he definitely has over the years—it happens in a way to which most people can relate.
Crosses, the side project of the Deftones’ Chino Moreno with Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom, offers an impressive full-length debut fulfilling the promise of their previous two EPs. The 15-song disc is filled with slow-burning, expansive songs built around electronic tracks, keyboards, guitar shards and loops. Those familiar with Lopez’s former band Far as well as Moreno’s previous side project, Team Sleep, will hear their influence here.