It has been a decade since Love Crumbs released any material, but now we are so glad they are back! Regrouping in 2020, the US-based trio began releasing intimate, vulnerable and heartwarming melodies. Known for their engaging lyrics and charming sounds, the group has a reputation of “unquestionable musicianship and an almost unfathomable beauty”, according to Audiotox. The latest single in their discography is ‘Ellipses’.
Moving from the folk-rock single ‘Cavalcades’, Love Crumbs show their innovativeness by merging elements of indie-rock, indie-pop and folk in sophomore single ‘Ellipses’. the combination of dynamic guitars and pounding drums create a melodic foundation for the deeper lyricism and beguiling vocals. Moreover, the interspersed “plink plonks” of a piano contributes to a soothing, smooth and flowing ambience in ‘Ellipses’.
While Love Crumbs do stand alone with their intensity, there is a reminiscence to Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell in tone and lyrical depth. The vocals are bold and rich, however, a sense of vulnerability can be heard in their timbre. Exposing the fragility of the human spirit, ‘Ellipses’ has a nostalgic reflection that is felt in soul-stirring harmonies. Oddly, while there is a look at personal trauma and inner turmoil, the single has a lingering sense of sophisticated empowerment. It seems the group find a balance between wistful innocence and mature insight in this addictive track.
In addition to their single, Love Crumbs released an official video for ‘Ellipses’. What I enjoy about this video is its simplicity and sense of authenticity. Focusing primarily on the band performing in a front room and on the stairs, Love Crumbs add an engaging and comforting visual element to ‘Ellipses’. While there is a basicness in the performance, the video does not overlook the raw talent behind the tune. Specific scenes show us the band “jamming” in a charming setting showcasing the intensity and intimacy of the song. Bonus points: the video does not contain and strobe lighting or flashing effects and can be viewed by people with photosensitive epilepsy.