Its hard to separate Crosses (or ) from the witch house movement. Not that Chino Morenos latest side project really sounds too much like Salem or White Ring, but it seems that he went to great lengths to achieve the same sort of aesthetic. Its noticeable just by looking at the tracklist every song has at least one in it. The name of the band is . The name of the EP is . Everything about the EP points to witch house until you listen to the actual music.
What youll find in the EP is less witch house and more a combination of Chinos two other projects Deftones and Team Sleep. As a collection of ideas, this EP succeeds. Mixing ’80s synths and beats with Chinos distinctive vocal presence creates a unique atmosphere that you wont find in any of his previous work. Some songs take full advantage of this Bermuda Locke in particular features a good mix of everything that works on this EP. Others, however, fall back on old tricks. hholyghs wouldnt sound too out of place on a Deftones album especially when the drums kick in for the chorus.
If this album were to produce a single, itd be opener his is a rick. A heavy, driving beat surges through the song with Chino taking the spotlight and sounding as good as ever. The range of this EP is clear from the first and last songs - while the former is a loud, catchy song with big beats, the latter is an instrumental track that capitalizes on the moody atmosphere created by the cover and the aesthetic. Everything amidst these two songs on the album also falls in between these two songs stylistically.
Clocking in at just under 20 minutes and being released on the internet for free EP is worth a listen for anyone with any interest in any of Chinos projects. Otherwise, for now, this is an inconsequential EP with a few ideas that could develop into something better. However, with the fact that Team Sleep hasnt released anything beyond their debut album six years ago, I wouldnt hold my breath for more music from Crosses in the near future.
Essential Tracks: “his is a rick”, “Bermuda Locke”