Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far multi-instrumentalist Shaun Lopez are back!
††† (Crosses) have returned after eight years away. The duo, made up of Chino Moreno, vocalist of Deftones, and Far multi-instrumentalist and producer Shaun Lopez, today released their fantastic new EP, Permanent.Radiant, following their eponymously titled 2014 debut album.
The EP arrives as the group have signed to Warner Records and unveiled two standalone singles, Initiation and Protection, earlier this year. While those eerie tracks tested the waters, the Permanent.Radiant EP is ultra-confident.
With songs that feature pulsating percussion and beats, spooky soundscapes and song arrangements, the EP is the ideal jumping board for Moreno's vocal delivery. The Lorenzo Diego Carrera and Shaun Lopez co-directed music video for the EP highlight Vivien is cinematic and matches the otherworldly tune itself.
Since their formation in 2011, ††† (Crosses) have shared some of the most thrilling alternative rock music we've heard in the last decade. The duo, like Deftones, utilise lush electronic production; modular synths and crooning vocals to channel deep emotion. After releasing the landmark EP † and the subsequent EP†† in 2011 and 2012, and in 2014, the group unveiled the self-titled album.
For six years, ††† (Crosses) disappeared. They returned in 2020 with a cover of Cause And Effect's synth-pop gem, The Beginning Of The End, and last year, they tackled Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus.
We caught Deftones at Good Things Festival in Brisbane and loved every moment of their set. Our reviewers Tim Price and Jess Wall recalled:
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"It was time to get Goth-Horny for Deftones, and they absolutely didn’t disappoint. After reading complaints online about Deftones’ sound being hit and miss in Melbourne and Sydney, there was at least some concern that this would be the case here too - but not the case! HUGE swathes of sound encompassed the RNA showgrounds, and they kicked off with Genesis - the first track from their most recent album, Ohms.
"They ripped through a setlist that spanned all Deftones eras, with tracks coming from Ohms, Diamond Eyes, Around The Fur, White Pony, the self-titled album and Koi No Yokan. Peak Horny for all the goths in the audience took place with Change (In the House of Flies), and everyone imagined themselves in that bath in Queen of the Damned. Peak Horny happened for every old frother beyond the age of 35 as Max Cavalera took the stage to complete Deftones’ set with Headup."
Listen to the Permanent.Radiant EP here.