TUNE Crawford Mack - A Love I Can't Live Up To
Crawford Mack completes a quartet of single releases from his imminent debut album on September 29th with the release of ‘A Love I Can’t Live Up To’. Written in response to a challenge laid down by none other than Sir Ray Davies to write song where the bridge is the chorus, the track is one of the most direct and striking moments on Mack’s debut album, ‘Bread and Circuses’.
As with all tracks on the album, ‘A Love I Can’t Live Up To’ was recorded in Antwerp with Mack’s regular band though the song originally came to life in a peculiar fashion as Crawford explains:
‘I wrote the guitar part a year earlier whilst waiting for a mattress to arrive in an apartment in Brooklyn for a few days. I was on my own for a lot it so started learning to play using Nick Drake's guitar tunings.’
The song then sat at the back of the queue until that challenge from Davies’ brought it back to life.
Described by Crawford in suitably pithy fashion as "a ‘how-not-to guide’ to happiness featuring realisations that came far too late", the track features a characteristic soaring Mack melody, allowing the dark lyrical realisations to happen upon the listener unawares. This is not a simple lovelorn ballad and, like all of Mack’s work, builds both melodic and lyrical complexity within a deceptively simple structure.