“If you’ve never gone roller-blading inside a giant pinball machine, I highly recommend you do so now, and listen to this record while you do. If you can’t find the pinball machine, just listen to the record. Cranky Machines soothes the savage breast!”
"What an interesting and unique recording! It’s humorous, disturbing, nostalgic, and futuristic all at once. I think you’ve created a new musical genre, just hard pressed to say what one might call it! Some songs sound like the soundtrack to one’s mind with all of our fleeting thoughts, distractions, and obsessions. Other pieces bring to mind a kind of compressed Brian Eno ambience.
Super creative work!"
"Chocked full of very hip textures and adventurous sonic landscapes, a really interesting juxtapositions of sounds and deep musicianship"
Mellotrons and Optigans and Space Echoes, oh my!
A collision of nostalgic tones and deconstructionist sensibilities, Cranky Machines is a wobbly, glitchy, stuttering set of 13 originals inspired by funky throwback styles and charismatic antiquated musical technologies. Meticulous yet lighthearted, decadent yet minimalist, analog yet digital but also a bit optical---this sophomore album by pianist/harmonicist/producer Ross Garren and looping specialist/guitarist Andre LaFosse is an unapologetic and fashionably passé labor of love by two kindred idiosyncratic musical spirits.
released February 13, 2018
All songs written and performed by Ross Garren & Andre LaFosse
Produced by Ross Garren
Ross Garren - Keyboards/Harmonica
Andre LaFosse - Echoplex Digital Pro/Electric Guitar
Engineered by Ross Garren, Andre LaFosse, and Jason Soda (Palomino Sound)
Mixed by Ross Garren
Mix Consultation by Keith Armstrong
Mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound
Album Design by Chelsea Williams
Cover Art by Eugenia Loli