Sunday, March 3, 2024

Simon Crabb is English American… In Mykonos!

It’s a cold winter and summer’s a long way off, but ‘Mykonos’, the new single from Simon Crabb might just put you in a warmer mood.

The single is the first to be released from the album English American, with both due for release on 25th January.

‘Mykonos’, and its accompanying music video, are a love letter from Crabb to his wife. The acoustic adult contemporary track boasts a stripped back texture, confident in the emotional resonance of Crabb’s guitar and powerful vocals. On it, Crabb plants a flag in the feelings of falling in love in your late 20s, marking that point for return across a relationship spanning decades.

Its video pairs Crabb’s musical performance with that of contemporary dancer Tess Howell, in London’s stylish Langdon Centre. Owned by the Downs Syndrome Association, the venue was chosen in part in support of the daughter of Mykonos’ engineer’s daughter, talented performer in her own right with down’s syndrome.

Heralding from Devon, from the 90s on, Crabb began a musical career that saw him become an experienced singer, songwriter and producer.

The album English American has been 20 years in the making. Beginning in the mid-90s, Crabb met and became close friends with producer Steve Brown (The Cult, Manic Street Preachers) while at Sony EMI. For two decades the collection of songs that Brown would come to refer to as “old stock” came together, taking influence from the musical styles it outlived.

Brown passed away in 2021, and English American was the last albumhe worked on, capping  musical career spanning Wham, Freddie Mercury, and Elton John. Additional artistic direction following Brown’s passing came from six-time Grammy award winner Steve Lillywhite CBE (U2, The Rolling Stones, The Killers).

English American has been described as “Brit Pop’s hedonistic daze meets the stripped back acoustic blues and folk/alt country, with modern production from one of the best.”

You can check out the video for ‘Mykonos’ right here at RAMzine and hear more music from Crabb at  Soundcloud. 

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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