Jacob Faurhot is back with a new and very personal Crystal Shipsss album
The Berlin-based Jacob Faurholt has been quite active recent years with his Crystal Shipsss project. With this new album, ‘Dirty Dancer’, he has released three times since the summer of 2012. This time it’s something different though!
The songs on ‘Dirty Dancer’ has been recorded sporadically between 2011-2013, and to begin with these songs wasn’t for the world to hear. They were meant for Jacob’s future self to listen to, but deep down this brilliant musician always knew that the songs would be released.
All the songs are personal stories about a mans ups and downs, stories about anxiety, obsessive thoughts, teenage insecurity and in one case a panic attack. These personal stories creates this amazingly deep atmosphere, where you as a listener are invited in to the most personal parts of the storytellers life.
The story starts with the opening track, ‘Screeming Teens’, that has this really intense beat that matches the lyrics, asking “where did it all start?”. Once during this song, the beat changes in to this up-tempo, sort of happy beat, before going back to the slow, darker atmosphere. On ‘Screeming Teens’ you can definitely draw some similarities to Sleep Party People.
‘I Know’ is the next song on the album, and i gotta say – this is a good one. Jacob’s vocal and the noisy guitar fits perfectly together, and with what seems like the story about personal experiences with love, you have a really great song. Much like many other songs on ‘Dirty Dancer’, this is a short song, a short personal story.
On ‘I had a friend’, Jacob uses his music as therapy, and sings about the tragic loss of a friend who past away, along with the rest of his friends family. A heartbreaking story, that continues through ‘Lost’ and ‘I’m not insane’. Last mentioned is the story about a helpful therapy session.
‘Lost’ is in my opinion the best song on the album, as it creates this very accurate picture of Jacob’s state of mind from that time. “Honey, honey i’m lost/ i’m dragging my self down/ in an unhealthy state of mind” he sings over and over during the song, before going through the therapy session in ‘I’m not insane’.
On ’18 years old’ and ‘The horror of it all’ it becomes quite difficult to concentrate on the lyrics. These songs are the exact opposite of easy listening, as Jacob pictures the exact state of mind as in the story, through his music. It seems stressed and panicky.
The last 4 songs on ‘Dirty Dancer’ continues the telling of a mans ups and downs, with titles such as ‘Dad’ and ‘Nightmare’ you get some very emotional songs. It all ends with ‘I am well rehearsed’, where the acoustic guitar and beautiful lyrics guides you through the final story on this album. A great ending to an album that presents the originality that some of us are longing for these days.
‘Dirty Dancer’ is rewarded with 4/5, and if you feel like giving this album a listen, do it when there’s time to really concentrate about the story told.
Later this year, Crystal Shipsss will be on tour with another ‘Dane-in-Berlin’, Tjaere+Fjer, and both guys will visit Radar in November!