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We are living in an increasingly foreboding world. We are told of the destruction that is forthcoming, of the misery that is already here. Environmental collapse looms clearly ahead, and yet the powers of the world are doing little to stop it.

As artists, it seems that there is a degree of compromise that must be made when faced with these facts. How can we spend our time working on our art when we know and care about things that seem so much more important, so much more pressing? Is it our responsibility to incorporate these things into our work, or is healing the world someone else’s job?

This album seeks to address this predicament. Rather than offering an answer, the music is an attempt to embody the issue itself. Beginning to end, it takes on forms of chaos to order, darkness to light, fear to love. Crushed is about the issue of creating art in the face of our own destruction, as well as the beauty that can grow from its ruins.


released September 17, 2019

Ethan Cohn - Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Piano
Matt Schultz - Guitar (tracks 1-4, 6-8)
Jean-Michel Leblanc - Guitar (tracks 3, 5, 9)
Claire Devlin - Tenor Saxophone
Chris Edmondson- Alto Saxophone
John Buck - Drums

All compositions by Ethan Cohn

Produced by Nicolas Gaumond and Ethan Cohn
Mixed by Nicolas Gaumond
Mastered by Jon Kaspy

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 recorded by George Doxas
Track 2 recorded by Cole Barbour
Tracks 5 and 9 recorded by Will Bennett
Piano on tracks 1, 4, and 7 recorded by Phillip Tock

Cover art by Molly Lalonde
Cover photo by Evan Shay
Cover design by Ethan Cohn

Recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced in Montreal, Canada.

Released on Florafone Records FLR003


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The Plastic Waste Band Montreal, Québec

An environmentally-inspired psychedelic jazz band.

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