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Fax Message Breakup

by Rodney Cromwell

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Saint McCabe Great honest lyrics and proper belting synthpop tracks/mixes. Heard this guy on Artefaktor radio and fell in instant love. Favorite track: Fax Message Breakup (AUW’s Obsessive Perfection Remix).
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You're optimistic; you're living the dream. Your face is known across the scene. Healthy in mind and wellbeing; Obsession, perfection, so obscene. I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for. I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for. I sold some records, but not a lot. I won't be floating Happy Robots. And now my synths are in the shed, I can't see much point in crawling out of bed. I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for. I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for. I can't do this anymore. I don't know what it's for.



Rodney Cromwell is the nom-de-plume of Adam Cresswell, founding member of indie-folktronica band SALOON (who had four entries in John Peel’s Festive 50 & recorded three Peel Sessions) and one half of acclaimed electronic two piece ARTHUR & MARTHA.

Although Phil Collins and his infamous split with his second wife inspired its title, there is none of the bombast of Collins’ work in Cromwell’s lo-fi disco lament. In a miserable year that has seen the passing of loved musical artists, disruption and political upheavals, the melancholia of ‘Fax Message Breakup’ is very much of the zeitgeist; a paean to despair and defeat with an incessant disco beat. With the inherent nihilism of its chorus “I can’t do this anymore, I don’t know what it’s for” it is perhaps the perfect soundtrack for 2016.

The 5 track EP features four exclusive remixes. ‘Fax Message Breakup’ is remixed by HOLOGRAM TEEN (ex-STEREOLAB synth-wizardess Morgane Lhote) who brings her glitchy motorik disco sound to the party and by regular collaborator AUW, who stretches the title track into something akin to a dark Depeche Mode synth epic. CHRIS FRAIN from Colorado remixes ‘Baby Robot’ in a 1970s space disco vein - file between Meco’s ‘Star Wars Theme’ and Space’s ‘Magic Fly’. And London’s THE LEAF LIBRARY close the EP with a beautifully restrained remix of ‘Cassiopeia’ that sounds like Brian Eno collaborating with Galaxie 500.


The original version of ‘Fax Message Breakup’ is taken from the 2015 debut album ‘Age of Anxiety’ which was a surprising left-field critical hit featuring in over 30 ‘Best of 2015’ charts including Electronic Sound Magazine and The Electricity Club, who also named him ‘Most Promising New Act’. The track ‘Barry Was An Arms Dealer’ featured in the fan voted 2015 Official Festive 50.

"Sounds like liquid gold. Age of Anxiety has renewed my faith in the digital age of electro pop" - MALCOLM HOLMES, OMD

"Rodney Cromwell's music belongs to the future" - NME

"A must for those who like their synthpop lo-fi but with tunes" - THE ELECTRICITY CLUB

"Adam Cresswell has always made quality but quirky askew view of the world and its woes, but with enough gallows humour and blissful tunes to leave you feeling optimistic about the future" - SOUNDS XP

“A reminder of good pop tunes from a magical era” - LOUDER THAN WAR

"This is really just the best album of 2015" - DE KETTINGZAAG

‘Fax Message Breakup’ features Alice Hubley (Arthur & Martha, Cosines) on additional synth and Richard Salt (Controllers) on guitar. The video is produced by Dariy Karyakin.

‘Fax Message Breakup’ EP will be available for digital download on November 11, 2016. The album 'Age of Anxiety' is out now on CD and digitally. Both are released by Happy Robots Records and distributed by Cargo Records.


released November 11, 2016

All songs written by Adam Cresswell

Fax Message Breakup: Guitar by Richard Salt, monosynths by Alice Hubley.

Thanks to Alice, Richard, Adrian, Andrew, Dom, Gid, Sally, Alison, the kids, Matt and The Leaf Library, Morgane, Chris, Jacqueline, Shauna at Shameless Promotion PR, Cargo Records, family, friends, everyone who has spun the records, booked the band or said anything remotely nice.
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2016 Happy Robots Records. Bot8
Made in Europe.


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Rodney Cromwell London, UK

Rod makes music on old synths, kids toys and guitars from Argos.

Released on Happy Robots Records.


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