Here at When The Gramophone Rings we get used to writing certain things. Not out of laziness, or overt repetition, but more due to the fact that if you run a music blog in 2015 there are a few phrases that will pop up time and time again. ‘Indie pop duo’, ‘mystery act’ and ‘Spacey RnB’ have all featured (probably more than) a handful of times over the last 18 months or so.
It is nice then, to be able bring something utterly fresh to the table. Both for us ourselves and for you our readers. ‘Crutch’ does exactly that. You can forget your duos and your dreaminess and your dark RnB for just a second because today we’re giving you something different. Today we bring you an adrenalin fuelled, ready-for-the-club pop banger dripping in auto-tune. We can honestly say that that is a sentence we’ve never used before.
‘Crutch’ is the work of 25 year-old Dallas-based artist/producer John Steen. Slick, Top 40-esque production features pounding, patterned drums and sampled oddities, before Steen’s sugary sweet vocal enters the fray, manipulated but never to the point of distraction. The glorious end result sits somewhere between Ben Khan and the Pussycat Dolls.
Interestingly, for a song written about anxiety and self-doubt, this is one of the most confident sounding singles we’ve heard in a long long time.
Do you really need me to say anything else? Listen to ‘Crutch’ below.