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REVIEW | CREPES – ‘HIDDEN STAR’

Ballarat-bred five piece Crepes last week dropped new single ‘Hidden Star’. The track is their first release since debut EP Cold Summers, which came out in April last year.

Having received kudos for the release from NME, Rolling Stone and Triple J, it’s unsurprising that the band have enjoyed some illustrious support slots, including King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, DIIV, Fraser A. Gorman and C.W. Stoneking. The other-worldly and absolutely divine ‘Hidden Star’ is their first release for 2016 and the first new material they’ve gifted us in 12 months.

The song is a 4-minute odyssey of delicately layered synths, jangly guitars and frontman Tim Karmouche’s dulcet tones. Laden with nostalgia, the track evokes at once sixties throwback vibes (à la The Babe Rainbow and Temples) and a sense of laid back, effortless charm reminiscent of Mac Demarco. Slow and languid, the song is incredibly easy listening- Karmouche’s reverbed, smooth vocals the perfect contrast to the slightly dissonant, bright guitars.

If 3 minutes and 35 seconds wasn’t enough of a Crepes fix, the band have also just announced a headline tour. They’ll hit up various locations around Australia with support from the likes of Ocean Party, Hollow Everdaze and more. Head to their Facebook event for more details.

By Claire Barley

CREPES ‘HIDDEN STAR’ TOUR

FRI April 29th – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
w/ Hollow Everdaze, TROPICAL SNAKES + Way Dynamic
Pre-Sales: goo.gl/af5tFN

FRI May 6th – The Curtin, Melbourne
w/ The Ocean Party + Totally Mild (solo)
Pre-Sales: goo.gl/2qWfmw

SUN May 8th – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
w/ NOIRE + King Colour
Pre-Sales: goo.gl/FXkrLF

FRI June 10th – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
w/ supports TBA
Pre-Sales: goo.gl/si2wGR

SAT June 11th – Mojos Bar Fremantle
w/ supports TBA
Pre-Sales: TBA

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