The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Colm Clark, Crush Limbo is an immersion into a kaleidoscopic swirl of sound. Described by Clark as “music for Vespa-riding indie chicks who wear tight leather jackets with sideways zippers”, you can imagine the edginess of this gentleman’s music. Showcasing innovativeness and eclecticism, Crush Limbo ranges from grunge to indie-rock and folk-rock. Featured on blogs like Edgar Allan Poets and receiving airtime on various online radio station/playlists, this artist is receiving international attention. We have the honour of reviewing Crush Limbo’s track ‘The Woke Patrol’.
From the beginning to end, ‘The Woke Patrol’ is like heading off on a wild acid trip without the acid. Using a melodic arrangement of dynamic guitars, pounding drums and underlying synths, Crush Limbo nods to the sounds of The Who and David Bowie. I might not say it is a simplistic mixture of instrumentation, but there is a certain simple flow in the moving melody. Yet, while there is a steadiness in the sound, Clark incorporates powerful crescendos leading to catchy choruses and hard-hitting guitar riffs. Now, it is not just the music that keeps you guessing but Clark’s vocal contribution as well.
Bold and rich with a sense of huskiness, Clark’s low growl (for lack of a better word) slides across the melody with effortless ease. Moreover, the tone and timbre of his voice add provocativeness to the poignant lyricism. He hovers above with a smoky sensuality that increases not only the intensity of sound but also its intimacy. Not necessarily a controversial song, but with a degree of political innuendoes, ‘The Woke Patrol’ crawls down your spine and knocks about your head without you even noticing until the end.
In addition to his single, Crush Limbo released an official music video for ‘The Woke Patrol’. As I have photosensitive epilepsy I was unable to view the video. Considering the song is so incredible, I’m pretty sure the video is as well.