All posts tagged Plastic Crown

MACH-iV – Ropes


Beyond a soundcloud with a few followers MACH-iV no longers exists. But I believe the beginnings of a story are just as important as the middle and the end.

MACH-iV is an idea conceived by Manchester’s Sam Price-Salisbury. I wrote about him here:
Its pretty upsetting knowing a really beautiful song will remain unheard, so I felt it important to share these demo’s with you… especially as there is every chance they might be deleted at some point.

Ropes is a subtle, brooding affair.. and beautifully composed. The piano serves as a heartbeat, chiming under lovelorn vocals. Its guitars teeter on the edge, longing for a moment when they can explode into noise, but ultimately it never comes. It’s this tension that holds the song together.

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Be sure to listen to the other MACH-iV tracks online, mostly featuring the tender voice of Alice Simkins: Ghosts in particular is a stunning Cocteau Twinseque piece of material.

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Sam is also the lifeblood behind BLOOM who released “Lords” – a limited edition tape on SWAYS earlier this year. I’m trying to avoid putting too much pressure on him by using hyperbole but to be honest I find it very difficult to reign in my excitement. After watching him perform live with BLOOM at the Brudenell Social Club last week, I found myself glowing on the inside. I hope you glow too.

Phill Young

Plastic Crown – Eulogy / Blood


Plastic Crown is a solo project from Manchester’s Sam Price-Salisbury.
I first met Sam a year ago: we were both part of a growing SWAYS musical community that gravitated around The Bunker, but whose ideas were spreading much further.
I’ve watched from afar as various tracks under different names have emerged and disappeared.. but one thing is obvious to me, Sam has the kind of talent they can’t teach you.

‘Eulogy’ is an 8 minute masterpiece, interspersing TS Eliot’s Wasteland, a clanging of a bell, a sombre organ and lovelorn vocals with fuzzy, intelligent production. As an opening statement, its really quite something.

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‘Blood’ is just really beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.
Its hard not to compare Sam with Jamie Lee from M O N E Y – both have vocals that seem to reach for something more spiritual, like angels in paradise. Whatever he decides to focus on, I’m convinced his ideas will bloom into something very special.

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Phill Young