CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) was born in 2010 when a friend invited Casey Desmond to play an improv synth set at a local music festival. Doing two gigs under the (CMB) moniker she recorded the sets and tucked them away for future listening as she was wrapped up in other projects at the time.
This past March (2015), she dug up the improv recordings and spent a month fleshing them out.
Booking a CMB a show before she had actually finished writing or recording the music put her on a self imposed deadline to get it wrapped up for the gig. The live response was so successful that she decided to stick with this method. Since CMB started as a random improv, Casey has tried to keep that element of spontaneity and produce some of the tracks only days prior to a performance, and debut them at a show.
CMB is defined as relic radiation, the evidence of the Big Bang, yet most people have never heard of it or knew of its accidental discovery in 1964. Although she considers herself an atheist, learning about this inspired her to some spiritual degree, as it almost felt Godly. This was the inspiration for the lyrical mantra of the EP’s intro track Relic Radiation: "I believe.. I believe in what the naked eye wont see, I believe in what we need machines to perceive."
Musically speaking, CMB’s new EP Three Licks is heavily electronic.
Unlike her previous projects, it's much more experimental, and perhaps less commercial. In composing the music, there was no planning, concept, or agenda; it was completely organic. Although her influences are vast, she’s happy to list Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, Erasure, Panda Bear, Grimes, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Eurythmics, Tobacco, NIN and Yeasayer as some of the artists she tips her hat to on this EP.
Only after the project was complete did the concept around common themes of humanity like love, "when we share one heart, all love glows in the dark”, communion, "we're reaching towards our sisters and our brothers, we leave as one”, loss of a best friend and creative partner, “my memories bruised, the moment of truths, rainbows of black keep pulling me back and closer to you” begin to show itself.
This is Casey’s first project that she proudly wrote, produced, and mixed entirely on her own in her own studio.The final track "EV" is a split collaboration with co-writer Casey Grabowski (Nearest). Special thanks go to Michael Butler for keys on Under the Chandelier, Eric Schindler for sax on Rubber Jungle, and Mastering Engineer Kurt Schneider.