CRACKPOT THEORYI : Vol 3: Mixed CD for a Double Suicide
By Alistar Wickens
was completely wrong about this CD. Reading the blurb that came with it - 18 year old makes lo-fi music in his bedroom and thinks the quality has improved with this recording - I was sceptical. But though I've got no idea what the previous two Crackpot releases were like (both released last year by this solo recording machine), I really enjoyed this one. If you can get past the fact that it's not the most technical album released lately, nor the best produced, and at times has vocals that sound like an 18-year old singing by himself in his bedroom, you'll find a fun, heavy album. It was a pleasant surprise not to find the lo-fi, depressing solo indie album I was expecting to hear. Daniel Ashcroft has recorded this by himself, in his bedroom, and he's still only a young fella. It's scary to think what he might be capable of with a budget, a few more years developing his skills, and a studio worthy of his sound. I for one will be waiting with anticipation.