Former Gerling frontman Darren Cross is gearing up to release a brand new solo record, launching a crowdfunding campaign to help bring his music to the people.
For well over 20 years now, Darren Cross has served as one of the finest musicians on the Australian music scene, curating a dedicated following despite being constantly overlooked by the ARIA charts.
Following the dissolution of Gerling, Cross turned his attention to a number of different projects, including The E.L.F., Betty Airs, and has most recently served as half of the stunning folk duo Jep And Dep.
Having released his debut solo record, _Xantastic, back in 2016, last year saw the release of the immersive PEACER, which contained tracks that dated back to the early ’00s.
Check out Darren Cross’ ‘Sur La Vague (Drive Me Nuts)’:
Now, Darren Cross has begun his latest crowdfunding effort, launching a Pozible campaign to raise funds for his upcoming release, Ecstatic Racquet.
Releasing under the name D.C Cross, the new record is set to be an instrumental affair, complete with folk guitar, and some rather trippy found sound design recorded while touring Europe.
Describing the record as being “in the the vein of Nick Drake meets John Fahey and Thurston Moore,” Cross notes how the record was inspired by a recent European tour which saw him perform folk guitar in a number of cities, culminating in a very special capacity show at David Lynch’s Silencio Club in Montmarte, Paris.
Check out the video for Ecstatic Racquet’s crowdfunding launch:
Launching this new campaign recently, the newly-christened D.C Cross is hoping to raise funds to help press the record to vinyl and CD, as well as releasing it in Australia and around the world. With a target of $5,500, additional funds will be used on preparing and promoting the record, including mastering, video clips, and the ever-important touring.
So what does pledging get you? Well, on the basic end of things, donators can receive digital, CD, and vinyl editions of the record, along with bundles that collect t-shirts and previous records by Darren Cross.
If you’re a dedicated fan though, you can look towards the high-end range of rewards, featuring test pressings, a house show, a one-off limited edition vinyl record, Darren serving as your wedding DJ, and even the denim jacket worn by the man himself during Gerling’s 4 tour.
Check out the Pozible page now, and keep an eye out for further tunes from one of Australia’s greatest unsung musicians.