Crooked Flower – “Moving On” (track review)
Berkeley rockers Crooked Flower are no strangers to psychedelia. On their journey towards producing captivating music, they have been no strangers to the art of genre-bending. Their new EP, Darkness and Light, is just four tracks long, and yet it’s just enough time for them to make it count by pervading listener’s senses with a multifarious wave of sound. Its opening track, “Moving On”, is a delectable garage rock thrash that also evokes elements of 70s glam and straight-laced Americana while it’s at it.
Frontwoman Angela Dang sells the track with her lead vocals, comparative in both tone and delivery to the likes of Stevie Nicks. This much feels less like a copycat and more like serendipity. Dang’s warm lilt offers much to each song she takes on with her new EP, but it shines here most notably as a confident opener. The arrangement slowly builds up around her lead, inviting layers of airy synth, percussion, and strings to the ensemble without ever feeling too tempestuous. This is all rock in attitude with a meticulously crafted, delicate delivery to boot. Being one of the better-produced tracks on this purely indie outlet’s EP, too, gives it a very small cross-section of material to nitpick for fans of the psychedelic.