Crywolf is back! Today he drops “DRIP“, pushing the boundaries of delirium in the new single. Alongside the new release, Crywolf is also announcing a full-length album titled widow [OBLIVIØN Pt. I], out on March 22nd, and a forthcoming US Spring tour. Justin’s sound continues to develop as he explores different realms of his psyche. During the creation of “DRIP” and the album as a whole, he spent his time in the depths of the Huilo Huilo rainforest, working through what he calls his quarter-life crisis. Through his own captivating vocal overlays, abstract lyricism, and instrumental beats, Justin creates the world of Crywolf; one that is cinematic and surreal, one that takes you into the dark abyss one moment and into heavenly rapture the next.
Crywolf’s forthcoming second career album, widow [OBLIVIØN Pt. I] was birthed from a period of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, and addiction. While in the midst of creating this project, Crywolf was forced to take a pause after getting an entire album’s worth of music and over $5,000 worth of gear stolen while abroad in Chile. Persevering through the heartbreak, with barely any equipment left, Crywolf headed to Patagonia, where he began to write in a small wooden cabin in the Huilo Huilo rainforest a place rumored to be haunted with thousands of lost souls. Back in the US, Crywolf continued his musical journey, visiting Twin Peaks, the Blue Ridge mountains, Reno, and the forests of Vancouver. His fascination with the unknown has been a driving force behind his artistic identity. Despite the troubles he ran into while abroad, he persevered and continued to make some of his most beautiful work yet. He calls this period of writing and traveling his ‘quarter life crisis,’ which can be heard in the hectic, yet organized chaos of “DRIP” — pulses of rhythm that bounce off the walls of the listener’s mind.
Justin is a huge advocate for mental health awareness, especially in the music industry. I think that would be a great talking point! Or, he could dive into his thought process after he got his music gear stolen. Tons of options, just some ideas I wanted to throw your way.
2019 is shaping up to be a powerful year for Crywolf. “DRIP” is only a peek into what is to come on his new album. His dynamic releases have garnered over 150 million streams, and the support of dream publications such as Consequence of Sound, NYLON, Billboard, Vice, and Complex, to name a few. Catch Crywolf on tour this Spring, with more dates to be announced soon:
INTERVIEW – CRYWOLF
By Dustin Hollywood
1. You’ve been dropping singles from your new album for awhile now and today marks another, ‘Drip’. What kinda thought process goes into how you choose the progression of your releases?
The goal of releasing singles is to acclimate my audience to the world the album lives in. I want them to start to understand the emotional and aesthetic environment. I choose the progression based on how I think that is best achieved.
2. Tell us about ‘Drip’, what’re you feeling when you wrote this, what do you want people to take away from listening to it?
One of the themes of this album is the exploration of the shadow – the darker, more difficult aspects of the human psyche. People often think they have one unified “personality,” but the truth is that we are made up of up to a dozen different personalities that are only loosely tied together. We feel like we have so much control over our actions and personality characteristics, but often when we pay close attention and are honest with ourselves, we can see that we can’t actually control or even explain large parts of who we are. DRIP is the my process of staring into my brain and being brutally honest about some of the really difficult aspects of what I see there. It might not be pretty, but it’s uncomfortably real.
3. How is this single different from the others you’ve released recently?
I went into pretty experimental territory with this one. It’s not the sound that people have learned to expect from my stuff… it’s more sporadic, more of a cacophony of sounds.
4. Your music is so deep and meaningful, it comes from a really soulful place. What does it mean to you to write out your heart on paper for the world to experience, and to judge?
That has always been one of the most terrifying and most thrilling parts of releasing vulnerable music. I always challenge myself to step up the vulnerability with each album. In the months prior to the release, I’m always stressing out and scared that people won’t understand or accept what I’m putting out there. I like that fear. It shows me that I am on the right track.
5. What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
I started my artistic journey in film. I always wanted to be a filmmaker growing up. Getting into music was actually a happy accident – I was doing it as a hobby on the side and it ended up taking off.
6. What other artists have been inspiring you lately?
The noise band Daughters (not to be confused with the indie band Daughter). Their album You Won’t Get What You Want is brilliant and comes from a lot of the same places that the more terror-filled parts of my music does. I’ve also been really getting back into post-rock bands like Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros.
7. Current spirit animal?
The Tartigrade. Existing in abstract space, isolated.
8. You’ve been hidden away up in the mountains for a bit now so I hear, what’re you working on up there?
I finished the album two months ago, so now I have been working on my new OBLIVIØN Live Tour and filming all the visuals for the songs. It’s a ton of work but it’s going to be great once it’s all done.
9. When can we expect the full length album to drop?
Widow [OBLIVIØN Pt. I] drops on March 22nd! And I go out on tour right after that.
10. What’s Summer look like for you out there on the road, can we expect to see you at any festivals or touring?
I’ll be doing my summer tour, and then playing a few festivals over the summer. I’m mainly taking that time to work on the second half of the album, though.
March 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop/Popscene
April 4 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
April 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One)
April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop
May 2 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
May 3 – Dallas, TX @ RBC Deep Ellum
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720