Crimson House releases new album and announces tour
“We are so excited about the Bounceology album, we’ve put so much of ourselves into it and it really shows in the music.” – Riaan Smit
Cape Town-based gypsy-jungle-rock collective Crimson House, has just released their new album ‘Bounceology’. ‘Bounceology’ was written while the band was on permanent tour around South Africa. It is inspired directly by South African musical acts surrounding the ever-burgeoning music festival scene.
Amid a haze of music festivals around Southern Africa, a sound was born from the dust and mud of boots stomped from dusk until dawn. Fueled by souls set alight, released into the wild-eyed dream of a moment unlike any that came before it. Inspired by the people, the chants, the community, the journey, and the joy of coming together in song and becoming closer to your fellow human more than ever before.
‘Bounceology’ is the manifestation of a group of friends so motivated to be the catalyst of human connection, to create the songs, the rhythms and the stories that can unite people, to remind us all why we are so much the same. This group of friends who couldn’t be more different from each other, created music together that has its own combined identity greater than the sum of all its parts, the spirit of togetherness.
Songs such as ‘Mama Land’, tell the story of a yearning to come home to the land of your birth. ‘Unicorns’ gives the listener permission to be themselves, while ‘Medicine’ speaks of love as the cure to all ailments. Each song on the album holds a message you can take home.
Songwriter and frontman, Riaan Smit, collaborated with incredible artists on ‘Bounceology’, including violin virtuoso and songwriter Luca Hart, long-time collaborator Ann Jangle, Queen of African fusion Nhoza, and Phantom of the Opera New York Broadway star Robin Botha. The band enlisted Zulu African Jazz legend Tebogo Mokoena to arrange the brass sections on most of the songs, bringing an epic flavour of South African roots to the album.
The new album was recorded with Antonio Cencherli of V-Lab productions at SoundCast studios in Cape town and was mastered by Simon “Fuzzy” Ratcliffe of Sound & Motion studios.
The title, ‘Bounceology’, was conceived by master Jazz artist Gareth Harvey, while the amazing album art was hand-illustrated by Elio Moavero.
The ‘Bounceology’ tour
To celebrate the release of the album, the band is embarking on a nationwide South African tour.
30 August – Woodcrock, Nelspruit
31 August – Radium Beer Hall, JHB
5 September – Lagom Café, Lynwood
6 September – Railways Café, Centurion
13 September – German Beer Festival, PTA
15 September – Media launch: JARR Bar, PTA
20 September – Official Gauteng Album Launch Party: Rumours, JHB
21 September – Official Cape Town Album Launch Party: Mercury
22 September – Lente in die Bierland @ Sir Thomas
24 September – Die Boer, Durbanville
27 September – White Mountain Festival, KZN
5 October – Bosrock, Nelspruit*
6 October – Park Acoustics, PTA*
11 October – Barrel & Blues, Swellendam
12 October – at the courtyard, McGregor
13 October – Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville
18 October – The C Club, EL
19 October – Music Kitchen, PE
20 October – Blend, Knysna