Inspired to start writing his own works after years of performing with other bands, Evan Crowley has carefully crafted his love of pop/new wave into a new moniker, Saint Loretto. While embarking on this new venture, Crowley has found that his past band experiences have helped him find his voice in terms of instrumentation and production for Saint Loretto’s first release. His goal, new wave mixed with rock and roll; catchy pop music rich with layers that are introspective and challenging.
For his debut album, “We Own the Night” was the first song written and having started off as something written for another band, Crowley decided to take the exciting and celebratory sound of “We Own the Night” and make it the portal, if you will, to this new venture. Driven by a desire to dig deeper and become more self-reflective with each song, “Manchester 1984” came next and Depth/s began to unfold and the moniker Saint Loretto was born. Inspired by the story of The Holy House of Loreto, Saint Loretto pays homage to the new life music has given Crowley and the idea that, like the house, his music would have the power to lift up and transport others as well. This self-produced work has found Crowley taking things back to his 15-year-old self, experimenting in a tiny home studio, building texture after texture.
“Oklahoma City is in my blood, it comes out in all I do. The people who are fighting tirelessly for music, art and culture to thrive here inspire me every day. The sunsets and night skies make their way into textures in my music. The city and my experiences here fill my songs. As I begin working on my next release I turn again to this city to grow as an artist, connecting in even greater ways to this place I love.”
Depth/s is a reflection of ups and downs, the discord between positive and negative, and a drive to dig deep lyrically while still fitting into a pop format. The EP explores Crowley’s last few years which he found himself newly divorced, nearly homeless, and almost 30, searching to find a balance in the waves. Evan refers to the following quote by Boethius as a constant reminder that both poles are constantly fleeting away, passing between high and low tides —
“It’s my belief that history is a wheel. ‘Inconstancy is my very essence,’ says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.”
For more information and to listen to his music, please visit Saint Loretto’s listing in the Oklahoma Music Directory.