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Singer, Scott Dangerfield was a little surprised to see an email from guitarist Bertrand Legrand drop into his inbox nearly 6 months after they met. The email contained tracks Bertrand had recorded while traveling with his “little, shitty, out-of-tune guitar,” along with a proposition: long-distance collaboration. Long-distance because Scott lives in America, Bertrand, in France. The two travelers had crossed paths, somewhat implausibly, on a remote Irish farm. They sat around a fire one of those nights with that shitty guitar and played songs, expecting never to see each other again. And then the email. So began over a year of over-seas collaboration between the two, and the eventual birth of Crookhaven.
Crookhaven is now releasing his first full-length album. Combining Bertrand’s virtuosic guitar and ukulele compositions with Scott’s singular voice, Crookhaven has achieved a positively unique sound. Their music has been described as “expressive or evocative folk,” ranging from delicate to deep, hopeful to tragic, while not shying away from the artists’ pop and rock n’ roll roots.
Each song was meticulously composed, criss-crossing the Atlantic dozens of times through email before being green-lighted for recording. Most tracks began with Bertrand’s travels. “At the time, my recording studio was my car, or the campsites and farms I volunteered on. When I composed,” Bertrand writes, “I had all the images from my travels in mind, and tried to instill each song with the emotions those images inspired.” From there it crossed the Atlantic, arriving in Scott’s inbox. The singer’s process was always the same: “When I would get a track from Bertrand,” Scott says, “before listening even once, I would turn on my microphone and record myself singing whatever melody popped into my head while listening. I wanted to capture the very first melodies the songs evoked to achieve a sound that was emotionally in-tune with Bertrand’s compositions.”
Crookhaven’s goals are as lofty as possible: to follow their passion and do what they love. “I don’t expect fame or fortune,” remarks Bertrand. “If I really think about it, my goal is to try and make the best music I can, and have fun in the process.”