PRAISES emerged at a time when BELIEFS co-front, Jesse Crowe, struggled to find an outlet to release their inner conversations into a public forum. Into a place where their creative outlet has evolved and spanned over a course of 4 EPs and a debut album, In This Year: Ten of Swords. Dark and theatrical, Crowe’s influences move through the hum of Rachel Goswell’s shoegazing, the drive of Patti Smith’s poetic delivery, blending the art-gloom of Beth Gibbons’ sultry jazz with Annie Lennox’ avant-gardism found on a “Night Full of Tension” and “Sweet Surprise.” A unique mixing which “makes Praises’ dark nights of the soul feel hypnotic, carving out territory between Bats for Lashes and Nick Cave’s Skeleton Key.” (Exclaim! Magazine)
On EP4, Praises pushes beyond their recent industrial synth-based offerings, incorporating the intensity of their highly regarded live performances with an intimate, collaborative and distanced songwriting process. EP4 was composed as a combination of two songs that never felt like they had a home until they were met with two new tracks formed in collaboration with producer, DJ, and performer Shortbloom (aka Sachin Mohindra). “In always admiring the work of Shortbloom, this moment without live music and without rehearsals has created the perfect time of digital collective music.” (Crowe)
In this “gruelling time of human reckoning,” the songs on EP4 grew slowly and reflective. One about the quieter moments of love in the storm of 2020 (Apples For My Love), one a vicious anti-trump / anti-American declaration (We Let Go), one a call of protest (Soil), and one a track about diaspora and war (A World On Fire). With these themes of mortality, identity, and love, Jesse Crowe’s 4th EP as Praises examines their recovery, strength, and their enduring lightness.
Additional distanced players include members of Chandra, Sauna, Blonde Elvis, For Jane, and Beliefs. The tracks were mixed by long time musical partner Josh Korody (Beliefs, Nailbiter, Breeze) at Toronto’s Candle Studio and mastered by Heather Kirby at Dreamlands.
Praises has nearly completed their full band sophomore album, In This Year: Hierophant (HDD093), to be announced soon. Hand Drawn Dracula is pleased to release Praises EP4 worldwide on August 5th, 2021.