Joshua Crumbly announces debut LP with “New Rock Thingy”

    The bassist for Leon Bridges and Kamasi Washington steps out.

    Joshua Crumbly New Rock Thingy
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    Bassist Joshua Crumbly has announced his debut album, Rise, with the release of lead single, “New Rock Thingy.”

    Despite its name, “New Rock Thingy” more closely resembles synth pop. Crumbly deftly inserts free-flowing brass jazz alongside his own basslines as the song’s centerpiece.

    “For me, ‘New Rock Thingy’ is the epitome of one of the concepts I had behind the album, which was to put the songs together in a different way than I had experienced before,” Crumbly told Hypebeast.

    “The word ‘thingy’ is obviously sort of hilarious, but in the context of this album, it takes me to instances where I’ve shown people the album and they’ve had a hard time describing what genre […] it is,” Crumbly explained. “Even myself—when someone asks me, ‘What’s the album like?’ I say, ‘It’s a rock, jazz, electronic, worldly, folksy, kinda thingy’.”

    Rise is due out May 15 via Open Book Records. Prior to the album, Crumbly has recorded and toured with musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Ravi Coltrane and Leon Bridges.

    Listen to “New Rock Thingy” here: