The Crackling Ropes In Dan Mangan, Vancouver Children's Choir for 'Ashen' EP

The Crackling Ropes In Dan Mangan, Vancouver Children's Choir for 'Ashen' EP
Last April, Vancouver music vet Kenton Loewen stepped out from his supporting role for artists like Dan Mangan and Mother Mother, and released Keep Full Ambitious, the debut from his folky the Crackling project. Just over a year later, the act is back with a new EP called Ashen.

The five-song set arrives May 22 through File Under: Music and will be made up of new and previously unreleased material. The record features Vancouver golden boy Mangan, for whom Loewen has played drums for, guesting on the title track, while the Vancouver Children's Choir lends their angelic pipes to "Keep Me Drunk."

Down below you can see a video about the making of the tune, "a metaphor for love, rather than an ode to alcohol," recorded at the Christchurch Cathedral in Vancouver.

The EP also includes a cover of the M.A.S.H. theme song "Suicide Is Painless," resuscitating the tune's oft-forgotten lyrics, and "Her Body's in My Arms," a B-side left over from the Keep Full Ambitious recording sessions.

Ashen:

1. Keep Me Drunk
2. Ashen 
3. Suicide Is Painless
4. Her Body's In My Arms 
5. I Love You Tonight 

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