New Music Friday: Croix Releases Heartfelt Indie Gem, Limerence
Written by The Sound Kate on Fri, 6/10
Croix is a new indie rock project in the Rochester scene, led by musician Carmen Lewis. The first EP release, 'Limerence', is the result of Carmen's 'musical awakening' in which she wrote 25+ songs over the course of 18 months and recorded 6 of them in partnership with local musicians.
Bubbling up in my rotation over the past few weeks, single 'Death of Dreams' is a quite a melancholic tune, but very catchy to say the least. It's the lo-fi indie rock you want to listen to when you're sad, or maybe even mad. In writing it, Carmen states she wanted to lean into her own authentic experiences, including a recent heartbreak and having to start over after a failed relationship.
Limerence translates to a 'state of mind resulting from romantic attraction, characterized by feelings of euphoria and the desire to have ones feelings reciprocated'. The songs truly do set a mood of this feeling overall, and the name is a perfect sum of the album.
Carmen collaborated on the EP with Jen Bender (Cusp/Rut) who played bass, guitar, keys, and sang backing vox. The duo had a strong connection in this songwriting, and the songs came to life wonderfully through the partnership. Billy Martin (THE Ginger Faye Bakers) rounded out the sound on drums.