With the percussive drive and New York sensibilities of one the better LCD Soundsystem offerings, Ward delivers “Crush.” Ward left New York in 2016 for Los Angeles, which is the area used as a metaphor for life’s difficulties:
So your foot sits baking on the metal,
On the crawl from La Brea to the 10
And the sun keeps cutting through the palm trees,
And the cars keep cutting in.
Ward explains “Crush” as a representation of the division between who we are in our daily lives and who we want to be. He is donating 100% of the sales of “Crush” this year to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans.
The track is continuously high energy, but the stepped momentum build that begins at 1:32 is particularly praiseworthy. The first step is a shift in percussion at 1:46, while the following contributions are changes in the pattern of the breathy “Haa” and the forcefulness of the lead vocals. The listener is delivered to a more invigorated level at 2:12.
Christopher Grant Ward played all of the instruments for “Crush,” other than the drums. The track was recorded over a five-day period at White Star Sound outside of Charlottesville, Virginia with production by Chris Keup (Parachute, Sanders Bohlke, Jason Mraz) and mixing by Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Beck, Air).