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Albums Of The Week: Mobley | Cry Havoc! EP

The Austin indie-pop maverick pushes buttons and boundaries on his audaciously orginal EP — a sci-fi narrative about an ordinary man radicalized into a Robin Hood.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Multi-talented songsmith, record producer, filmmaker, writer, advocate, and one-man tour de force Mobley has released his highly anticipated Cry Havoc! EP, a collection of songs that are as captivating as they are catchy — and serve as a thrilling introduction to a new sonic and narrative world created by the innovative artist.

All seven tracks on Cry Havoc! are from the point of view of Creedmoor, an ordinary man who becomes radicalized into a Robin Hood-esque figure over the course of the EP. “I hope people enjoy the songs and I hope people enjoy the story,” says Mobley about the gripping sci-fi epic. “Even for me as the storyteller, it’s a heart-pounding narrative, and I did my best to capture that scope and drama in the music.”

Fittingly, the sonics on Cry Havoc! have a newfound energy and aggression that matches Creedmoor’s journey, from the marching-band percussion of anthemic focus track “lord” to the metallic bursts of guitar that punctuate the verses of “stay volk.” Cry Havoc! is Mobley at the peak of his powers, combining infectious melodies and experimental arrangements to create both an intimate character study and an expansive futuristic soundscape.

This EP is the latest project in a career that has already spanned multiple artistic mediums. Recently, Mobley composed the theme music for Webby and Anthem Award-winning podcast All Music Is Black Music, hosted by Selema Masekela and featuring guests Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo, St. Vincent and many more. Earlier this summer, Mobley performed his original score at the first-ever live taping of the podcast at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to that, Mobley’s 2021 release Young & Dying In The Occident Supreme made waves around the world with James Crow, a critically acclaimed pop-rock song with a political conscience.”