the killer, the sixth studio album from Crime & the City Solution, and their first in over a decade will be released via mute, on October 20, 2023.
The album began life as a PhD application that came to life when the band's core members, Simon Bonney and Bronwyn Adams, found themselves stuck in their native Australia under one of the world's strictest lockdowns, their nomadic lifestyle put on pause by the pandemic. "Naturally", says Simon, "I sat and I pieced together a PhD application about decision making in Afghanistan in the late 80s. But as it turned out, it was actually more of a record than it was a PhD."
The PhD and, by turn, the album found inspiration from Bonney's work delivering aid programmes across the Indo-Pacific region. Through that work, he visited places with high levels of violence and the album, in part, acted as a way in which to process the effect that turmoil has had on his psyche, of the "dead bodies in my dreams," that he sings about in the title track. He explains, "There's no mention of American decision making in Afghanistan on the album, but in terms of subject matter there's a lot that's pretty similar; a lot of the record is about loss of faith."
the killer was recorded in Berlin by the second incarnation of the band to be based in the German capital. Core members Simon Bonney and Bronwyn Adams were joined by Frederic Lyenn (Piano, Bass, Synth), Donald Baldie (Guitar), Georgio Valentino (Synth, Guitar), Chris Hughes (Drums, Percussion) and Joshua Murphy (Piano, Guitar), and for the first time they worked with a producer, the legendary Martin J. Fiedler, who also added Synth and Mellotron to the album.
OUT 20 OCTOBER 2023...
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