C R O W N is an artist / songwriter. her work examines the crisis of womxn:
how we are ever-pulled between the potential we see ahead and the echoes of our under-liberated past (and present). her songs tell the story of her own discoveries and strive to illuminate the nuanced challenges womxn face in our every day experience.
the name C R O W N derives from her first and middle names. picked separately by her father and mother, it transpired that both her given names bear the meaning of the word ‘crown’. discovering this symbolized so much for her. a thinker by nature - very much from and of the head (the crown) - she unpacks what she sees around her. this is the driver for her expression as an artist and writer. music and its surrounding cultural practice has been her life - obsessed by how it captures people, emotion and history, and how it asks the questions often too hard to voice. music is catharsis to C R O W N, and an inherent practice passed down by the
generations who came before her.
raised in the northeastern Scottish city of Aberdeen, the first in her extended rural family to be reared in a city (albeit a small one), at 17 she left home and moved to Leeds in Northern England to study music and then onto London. she has since lived in Paris, Los Angeles and New York.
released May 31, 2019
All songs written by Stephanie Lauren Thom aka C R O W N
Produced by Mathis Picard
Executively Produced by C R O W N
Vocals: Stephanie Lauren Thom aka C R O W N
Keyboards, Piano and Synths: Mathis Picard
Bass: Kyle Miles
Drums: Jonathan Barber
Additional Drums: Jonathan Pinson
Engineered by Todd Carder at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn
Mixed by Mathis Picard
Mastered by Bob Power
*Additional Composition by Jesse Fischer on ‘Drug’
Yes indeed; New Orleans finest on top form!
Ever since Mr.Scott made such an impact with Marcus Miller's 'Tutu Revisited' project he has been on my radar. 'Christian a Tunde Adjuah' was a fine album but this is spectacular with Congo Square at its heart,I think...it has so many ideas and references that it is unclassifiable other than essential.
Miles Davis used to append the monogram 'New Directions In Music' to his Columbia albums...the same applies here.
The vinyl sounds incredible! Aaron Parks put together some very compelling compositions. Just the right mix of electronics to compliment this project. More great jazz being released from the Ropeadope label. One of the newer pianists with first rate talent! Rob O.