The sheer amount of talent currently residingin Brooklyn is dumbfounding. This is mostly a consequence of the ridiculously exorbitant rents in Manhattan that push all the artists who migrate to the Big Ol’ Shiny Apple to the periphery. A more critical factor, in my opinion, is the fact that the zeitgeists and the lifestyles in Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods are more conducive to artistic production. Case in point: Crawl Babies, a three-piece outfit I learned about through another awesome Brooklyn-based band I posted about, Corita. I’ve seen them play live twice already and twice their sound has simply blown me away. It’s a particular brand of shoegaze with very earnest and dandy vocals entwined with twangy, tremoloed surf-inspired guitars over simple, pounding beats. The live performance is beautiful, haunting and thundering. They give their singles out upon request at their shows. So, I’ve been listening to mine intently. The one I have posted is “Ginger’s Gone” which is tender and summery. The band is named after The Pastels’ song and is also influenced by the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, et al. I hesitated to post the recordings though, because although the singles are pretty good, the actual live sound of the music is disarmingly great. My only complaint is: I want to hear more…

http://www.myspace.com/crawlbabiesxoxo