Release Date: Oct 18, 2019
Record label: Ninja Tune
Prior to his evolution into genre-defying, organic large canvas explorations on 2015's debut album Elaenia, Shepherd reaped plenty of plaudits with the cerebral electronica of his early singles. Inspired by recent synth-based solo support sets for The xx , Crush marks a resolute and sharp return to Shepherd's formative lonesome laptop operative mode. For fans of Shepherd's recent, often startlingly beautiful ensemble explorations, the somewhat claustrophobic atmospherics, minimalist analogue synth drifts and restlessly ricocheting titanium-built beats that follow the familiar orchestral sweep of opener "Falaise" may come as a bit of a surprise, if not a (ahem) crushing letdown.