CYMBALS — the London-based duo of Jack Cleverly and Dan Simons — return with a newfound strength after a series of personal challenges on their second album, Light In Your Mind, out August 25th, 2017 via Tough Love Records. It’s their first new material in two years, and the follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Age of Fracture, described by Mojo as an “Unfettered adrenalin rush”, and “guitar-flecked electro at its most hypnotic and sublime” by The Sunday Times.
Since inception, CYMBALS’ line up has been subject to a great deal of change. Amidst that change there has always existed the songwriting duo of Cleverly and Simons, who formed the band in 2011 with the sole intention of “having fun”. At various points over the last six years and across three albums, an EP and single, a rotating cast of at least ten other people have formed some version of CYMBALS. It wasn’t until everything else was stripped away and all others had left that the two finally began to be what they first tried to be.
Others still contributed to Light In Your Mind – Justin Goings and Josh Hefferman both provide drums, while Alabaster DePlume plays saxophone on “Fully Automated Luxury.” Producer Kristian Robinson (Capitol K) is a major presence across the album and played a key role in guiding the transition from the band’s sound on their previous record to this one (indeed, this was the first time the band spent any significant time in a studio). Jorge Elbrecht, whose work with Ariel Pink and Tamaryn had inspired the band, mixed the record in Miami, adding those elusive final touches that make it CYMBALS’ best album to date.