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Crisman // "Surprise" Music Video Premiere

The Alternative has premiered the music video or Crisman's song "Surprise", with accompanying interview. Read the statement from Madeline Dowd, lead vocals and guitar for Crisman:

The video for “Surprise” revolves around dependency, letting go, and urgency versus patience. The story starts as the main character purchases ice from the local ice store. The video showcases a relationship between the main character and the bag of ice—they spend time together through activities such as playing basketball, going to the park, feeding the ducks etc. Eventually the ice starts to melt and their relationship starts to dwindle. The ice eventually melts away and the character is confronted with feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Being able to bury these emotions and ultimately come to terms with them is what this video is talking about.

"Surprise" was the first single from Crisman's self-titled debut album, released April 3.

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Crisman // Curate our "Staff Selections" Playlist

Crisman have taken the reigns on our "Staff Selections" spotify playlist this month, with 20 songs for your listening pleasure:

"The songs in here have inspired us in some way or another and end up in heavy rotation when we are in the van together. Overall these are songs that have made us just excited about making music and have showed us something new."

TRACKS:

  1. Rollercoaster - Dear Nora
  2. To Know Your Tone - Hoop, Allyson Foster
  3. Drink You Dry - Minihorse, Anna Burch
  4. painting - waveform*
  5. Bedside Table - Bedhead
  6. A Minor Place - Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  7. Homecoming Queen - Sparklehorse
  8. Oh! - The Breeders
  9. Told - Poppies
  10. Stars Will Fall - Duster
  11. Volcano - Horse Jumper of Love
  12. Mythological Beauty - Big Thief
  13. Speed Trials - Elliott Smith
  14. Bullshit - Palehound
  15. SB's Truck - Happyness
  16. Germs - Acetone
  17. Dazed and Awake - Aerial M
  18. Some Things Last A Long Time - Built To Spill
  19. Sugarcube - Yo La Tengo
  20. Get Away - Yuck

If you haven't yet, check out Crisman's stellar debut record "Crisman", out now ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ







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Crisman // Debut self-titled album out now

It's album release day for Crisman, their full-length, self-titled debut is available now to stream and for purchase on cassette or vinyl. The Alternative calls Crisman, "[...] atmospheric and translucent, with jutting riffs that prevent it from becoming shapeless." If you haven't heard it yet, give it a spin. We've had this record on repeat for weeks and we think you'll want to do the same \ (•◡•) /

For this album, founding members Madeline Dowd and Boone Patrello teamed up with fellow Denton musician Grahm Robinson. Contrasted against the childlike playfulness of Dowd's paintings, the band's collective experience is refracted throughout the measured ten-song collection.

Recommended if you like: Florist, Lomelda, Palehound, Hand Habits, Built to Spill, Duster, Pinback, Horse Jumper of Love




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Crisman // Share sweet serenade "Icee Blue"

"Icee Blue" is the third single from Crisman's forthcoming self-titled debut album. The song shares in the experience of love and the infectiousness of a new romance, a thematic reproduction of the song's infectious composition. Appeals to this fresh love slowly unfurl over ambling drums and sugary acoustics, accentuated with flashes of glockenspiel and keys which reimagine the spritely energy of newfound affection. We promise you'll wanna listen to this one over and over again \ (♥‿♥) /


If (like us) you just can't get enough Crisman you can pre-order their record before the April 3 release ~ available digitally, on CD, cassette, and 3 special vinyl variants including 180g black (limited to 75), blue (out of 125), and tri-stripe primary (out of 300)

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Cancelled Tours // 100% of Bandcamp Sales Going to Artists

Are you disappointed to see all the shows you were looking forward to in the next couple of months cancelled? We are too! (so are our artists) - in light of 250+ cancellations disrupting so much in our roster's lives we've routed 100% of Bandcamp sales directly to the artist through this weekend.

If you were planning on seeing any of the following bands in the next few weeks, please consider buying their album instead. If you've got expendable income right now, a little goes a long way (◠‿◠✿)












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Crisman // second single "Cya" premiere & tour dates with Bellows announced

Crisman is back this week with a new single, "Cya", from their upcoming self-titled record due out April 3rd.


Crisman has also announced tour dates, including a NE run with roster pals Bellows this Spring:

  • March 21, 2020 - Denton, TX, US @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios*
  • April 09, 2020 - Ridgewood, NY, US @ Trans-Pecos
  • April 10, 2020 - Albany, NY, US @ The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio
  • April 11, 2020 - Cambridge, MA, US @ Lilypad Inman
  • April 12, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ House of Yarga

    *not with Bellows

Listen to "Cya" on Spotify
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wanna go home wanna go home see you later see you later bye then ~(˘▾˘~)

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Crisman // Welcoming Crisman to the Topshelf family

The Denton-based slowcore group Crisman has joined the Topshelf Records family! Their self-titled studio debut will be out on April 3, 2020, available on vinyl, cassette, and digital platforms.

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We're not sharing new music from Crisman quite just yet (stay tuned for that)! But in the meantime we encourage you to check out their previous work on Spotify and Bandcamp (where all previous work is currently available for free download).

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