Sister Crayon have never had any trouble crafting hauntingly beautiful songs jam packed with enough emotion to make Skeletor weep. This is due in part to front-woman Terra Lopez’s soul prodding vocals and up front and at times confrontational delivery. Confrontational, in the sense that every lyric is belted out with enough passion to make you feel as if Lopez is standing right in front of you, staring you deep in the eyes and singing straight into your soul. To add a bit of context to their newest track “Cynic”, a cut from Sister Crayons upcoming EP Other, Lopez states: “”Cynic” formed as more of a prayer or mantra that I ended up humming to myself at times when I needed to calm myself down. The song turned into a confessional type of thing where I address my absent father, my lover, and myself. It’s just me trying to figure out how and why I do the things I do, or why I react the way that I do (emotionally, etc) and how the past inevitably fits in and fucks with you.” [The mantra] started off as; “My light, I have failed you coming down” and then eventually followed by “but even prayer fails, so what now?” Lopez continues: “I was told by my gf (on multiple occasions) that I always tend to look or resort to the cynical parts in most situations so I really tried to admit the flaws of my character in this song, in hopes that I would improve on that. Hence, “if I’m a cynic, then please say so. Nothing’s gonna change until we both know”.”
According to Lopez Sister Crayon’s new EP (Arriving sometime in the fall) is apparently completely different from their 2011 release Bellow. “Much more personal, straight forward, raw stuff” “There is an urgency in these songs because life has felt that way for a while.” “Bellow seems like not even a part of me anymore.”
Sister Crayon is currently on tour with Built to Spill, wrapping up a 6 month stint of relentless touring, traveling, and recording in which Lopez says most tracks on Other were written. Lopez states; “Touring so much has led to that feeling of not having a real home to go to- not having your place. It creates an urgency and tension that you can’t deny”.
Stream “Cynic” below and keep an eye out for Other later this fall.