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On the Rise: Toronto-based project of Jesse Crowe shares their new EP, EP4 via Hand Drawn Dracula

Toronto-based project of Jesse Crowe (ex-Beliefs), Praises, shares their new single, "Apples For My Love" – the track follows on the heels of the XLR8R, Exclaim, Strombo and Vanyaland-tipped "A World On Fire" and arrives just ahead of Crowe's new EP, EP4 released on August 5th via Hand Drawn Dracula. The new collection positions itself as a hint towards a larger body of work set for release later this year.

On EP4, Praises pushes beyond their recent industrial synth-based offerings, incorporating the intensity of their highly regarded live performances with an intimate, collaborative, and distanced songwriting process. EP4 was composed as a combination of two songs that never felt like they had a home until they were met with two new tracks formed in collaboration with producer, DJ, and performer Shortbloom (aka Sachin Mohindra). This new single, "Apples For My Love" demonstrates the slow, reflective nature of the new EP, one that arrives in this "grueling time of human reckoning." This particular track zeroes in on the quieter moments of love than could be found with others in the storm that was 2020. Additional distanced players of the EP4 project include members of Chandra, Sauna, Blonde Elvis, For Jane, and Beliefs. The new tracks were mixed by long-time musical partner Josh Korody (Beliefs, Breeze) at Toronto's Candle Studio and mastered by Heather Kirby at Dreamlands.

The new body of work emerged when the Beliefs co-front, Crowe, struggled to find an outlet to release their inner conversations into a public forum. Into a place where their creative outlet has evolved and spanned over a course of 4 EPs and a debut album, In This Year: Ten of Swords. Dark and theatrical, Crowe's influences move through the hum of Rachel Goswell's shoegazing, the drive of Patti Smith's poetic delivery, blending the art-gloom of Beth Gibbons' sultry jazz with Annie Lennox' avant-gardism.

Hand Drawn Dracula will release Praises' EP4 this coming Thursday, August 5 – pre-order here

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