“BNR” is short for “black and red”, and Crumb’s singer Lila Ramani says: “’BNR’ is an ode to my favorite colors. I had a weird obsession with those colors in winter 2018-2019 and felt like they would follow me around everywhere I went.”
“BNR” is the perfect soundtrack for a dazed walk through the neighbourhood; Crumb’s the traipsing, lightweight feel makes us feel like we’re just ambling around aimlessly, but comfortably sporting our favourite clothes in our favourite colours. It feels like Crumb are guiding us on a tour of the every day, making the little things pop with energy and vibrance as we stride.
On the flip side, we have “Balloon”, about which Ramani says: “‘Balloon’ tells the story of a girl that dances so fast in the club that her head falls off.” Appropriately, it’s a more upbeat number, with a four-on-the-floor beat pushing the lackadaisical band forward into some energy exertion – and it feels great, forcing us to live in the moment “because it could be your last”. Crumb commit to the danceability with more injections of sound, colour and texture, adding momentum to the song’s eternal twirl.
“BNR” comes with a surreal video, which you can watch below. Find both songs on streaming platforms.