Crack of Dawn are all about time on Tiempo, their new single featuring the incomparable Melba Moore — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Featuring the same signature velvet-funk tones that have made them Canadian funk and soul legends for 40 years and running, Crack of Dawn refresh and reimagine a song written years ago by lead singer Michael Dunston and Dennis Nieves.
“It’s about lovers needing time to find themselves again after a tumultuous breakup,” the band say in a press release. “Fast forward to 2020, and things happened in Michael’s life where the meaning of the lyrics really hit home; his wife was battling a few serious medical issues.”
It’s these renewed circumstances — along with the addition of Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated, Billboard-charting singer and actress Melba Moore — that take Tiempo to an unprecedented, out-of-this-world level. “It’s filled with an emotional interpretation that’s difficult to explain with words alone,” Crack of Dawn explain.
Crack of Dawn were the first black band to be signed to a major label, after being discovered by Otis Redding’s producer. Their most recent album Spotlight features a breathtaking combination of grinding funk a la Booby Ruby, guitar and horn-led sunshine soul thanks to the eponymous Crack of Dawn, the wah-wah drenched glory of Somebody’s Watching You, and their hugely popular and Internationally critically acclaimed single Ol’ Skool.