Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening to Crux’s latest single, Save Me. Our readers will recall that we reviewed Radgie Cadgie from Crux just a few days ago. We were still humming this one to ourselves and marvelling at the quality of musicianship when Save Me reached the top of our reviews pile this morning.
Before we say anything about Save Me, we simply must draw attention to the versatility of Crux. In fact, probably the most adaptable and versatile band we’ve come across this year. How many bands can effectively pull off a fast, ska/punk/rock song with witty lyrics and then come back next with a Roger Waters-like epic-sounding prog-rock number with the occasional lyric in Latin?
Save Me starts with some slightly creepy swirling synth sounds and a heartbeat-like kick drum. Already, the team are slow-nodding! This feels progressive and epic right from the start.
Save me drops back to an almost A Capela section with harmony vocals and more voices are added as the verse goes on. A powerful snare builds into a lead vocal section with piano and a very exposed and vulnerable vocal line, slightly reminiscent of Sting.
The different sections in this track are well-considered and the rise and fall displayed here is exciting and all-consuming. This is music for musicians. The kind of progressive rock that we love, and which takes a few listens to really get into, but which will never leave you once it’s in your head.
Once again, the drummer shows his skills to perfection with some classy ghost notes on the snare and some quality fills. There are organs in the distance filling the sound and the arpeggiated guitars are a wonderful touch.
The song fades at the end to gentle soft acoustic guitar strums and minimal other instrumentation. We picked up our jaws from the floor and hit replay. Save Me is a creative and imaginative track worthy of inclusion on Roger Waters’ “Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking” album.
Ideas from our ears.
To our ears, a small boost around 50Hz would bring out the thump of the kick drum a little more. A small cut around 80Hz would balance out the bass a bit too. A boost in the top 2 octaves would increase the brightness and clarity in the track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
In the closing days of 2022, we’ve discovered a band who have shot to the top ten of our bands of the year. Huge things beckon for this outstandingly creative and diverse band.