Cymbals, the London-based duo of Jack Cleverly and Dan Simons, have shared “Car Crash,” the latest single from their second album, Light In Your Mind, out August 25th, 2017 via Tough Love Records.
Cleverly says “This song is about impossible love, like a slow-motion car crash, or a river that is always moving. It was written quietly on acoustic guitar, in a confessional way. Dan then reworked it, putting that emotional vulnerability inside this bigger electronic sound, exposing it, turning negative energy positive.”
“Car Crash” follows lead single “Decay” and its Matthew Reed-directed video shot during the winter months in a number of British seaside towns. The band also announce an album release show at London’s Thousand Island on 31st August.
Returning with a newfound strength after a series of personal challenges, CYMBALS’ Light In Your Mind is their first new material in two years, and the follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Age of Fracture.
Since inception, CYMBALS’ line up has been subject to a great deal of change. Amidst that change there has always existed the songwriting duo of Cleverly and Simons, who formed the band in 2011 with the sole intention of “having fun”. At various points over the last six years and across three albums, an EP and single, a rotating cast of at least ten other people have formed some version of CYMBALS. It wasn’t until everything else was stripped away and all others had left that the two finally began to be what they first tried to be. Others still contributed to Light In Your Mind – Justin Goings and Josh Hefferman both provide drums, while Alabaster DePlume plays saxophone on “Fully Automated Luxury.” Producer Kristian Robinson (Capitol K) is a major presence across the album and played a key role in guiding the transition from the band’s sound on their previous record to this one (indeed, this was the first time the band spent any significant time in a studio). Jorge Elbrecht, whose work with Ariel Pink and Tamaryn had inspired the band, mixed the record in Miami, adding those elusive final touches that make it CYMBALS’ best album to date.
Cleverly explains, “When the band cut down to just me and Dan, and we stopped trying to find more people, I remember that it was scary at the time, and we didn’t know if we would keep going. We agreed to a few rehearsals together and see where it went. We had a great surprise: it felt great, the writing was easy. It was if together we gave up trying to be anything other than what we are. We cut any bullsh*t between the two of us and talked honestly about the last few years. We found that when we started writing together, we were going faster towards the feeling that had given rise to CYMBALS in the first place.“