New album release - April 23!

The Crackling is releasing the sophomore album releases this April 23, 2013 in North America on Vancouver imprint File Under: Music

The emotionally striking raft of new songs deliver a darkened warmth and offer a palette of stories that take the listener into a world of contrasts via exceptional musicianship and artful songwriting. Through ten songs, we learn of the consequence of harm, experience love through a filter of hope, ponder right and wrong, feel pain, understand perseverance and uphold the joy of love. The band shares the Waits-ian song "The Crackling" as a .

Click the links below for a free download of the title track - "The Crackling"

Canadian release 

American release


The Crackling / Washboard Union Double Album release party

The Crackling announce Vancouver release show. New Ashen EP features collaborations with Vancouver Children's Choir, Dan Mangan and Eyvind Kang

July.6th Friday Night. Early Show at the Waldorf Hotel

VANCOUVER, BC - The Crackling are pleased to announce an official hometown release show for their the Ashen EP on Friday, July 6th at The Waldorf Hotel located at 1489 East Hastings Street in Vancouver. Doors open at 7 p.m. and The Crackling hit the stage at 9 p.m. The Washboard Union also release a disc (making the evening twice as special) and play a set at 8 p.m. on the same bill. Tickets are $12.00 and are available online at Northern Tickets , at The Vogue Box Office (918 Granville Street), Zulu Records (1972 West 4th Ave) or Red Cat Records (4332 Main Street). 

The Ashen EP released May 22, 2012

Hello folks. We're very happy to be releasing The Ashen EP, Tuesday May 22/2012. It is part of a larger body of work to be released latter this year. It will be available on Itunes and off the stage at our shows.  Here's some press and the making of Keep Me Drunk mini doc with The Vancouver Children's Choir. Also, the sound cloud link lets you check out the single which is of course Keep Me Drunk. I truly hope you enjoy. Gord Grdina and I will be playing a small duo set of The Cracklings material at The Rickshaw at 7 pm on May 23rd in Vancouver and we will have some EP's with us. The CD release party and tour is pending. Join us if you can. It would be lovely to see you.

Buy The Ashen EP on

The making of Keep me Drunk

The Crackling records the Vancouver Children's Choir at Vancouver Christchurch Cathedral on Feb 8/12. From the forthcoming album ASHEN.
Video Recorded and Produced by Aaron Grain

The Crackling opens for Dan Mangan in Germany!

Folks! We'll be playing two shows in Germany. December 3rd in Münster at Gleis 22 and December 4th in Dresden at Beatpol. Both shows are direct support for our good friend Dan Mangan. Tell your German friends. K

The Crackling releases our first music video

 with a little help from our friends at Salazar Films, monster dinosaur and an amazing crew, we proudly present the Crackling's first video.

Recent reviews of Keep Full Ambitious

from the Georgia Straight

Based on his own reputation as a drummer, and the personnel joining him on this first solo outing, you might expect Kenton Loewen’s the Crackling to take a space-bound, improvisational trajectory. Think again! Loewen’s direction is inward on this earthy, sentimental collection of neo-folk songs, which he pitches in the region of sometime boss Dan Mangan and Bon Iver. read more


from Chart attack

The Crackling's the stage name of Kenton Loewen, who's best known for having toured as a drummer with the likes of Dan Mangan and Mother Mother. He's dubbed his solo musical project The Crackling because he loves hearing things burn. read more


from Exclaim!

Kenton Loewen takes you places. In the opening track of his first album, the Vancouver, BC songwriter responsible for the Crackling travels from fond nostalgia to guitar-grinding rage in three minutes flat. read more


This is the first full-length solo recording from Kenton Loewen, best known up to this point in time as the drummer for Dan Mangan, Mother Mother, and the Gordon Grdina Trio (as well as a long mind-boggling list of other acts). If you think you know what to expect from drummers, think again. read more

Keep Me Drunk (LIVE)



Keep Full Ambitious released today on File Under: Music!

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Click here to download a free mp3 of 'The Three Of You':