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Crank Me Up

by Curving Tooth

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The Handle 02:33
The Spy 03:04
Run In Place 02:46
Space Arms 02:04
ALAS 03:39
Omens 03:10
Red Devils 03:12
Thank You 03:59
Timbers 02:38


Greg “Lovey” Hatem and Emma Elizabeth Downing are two of Baltimore’s most generous and prolific musicians. In their new collaboration, Curving Tooth, their talents collide and whole new worlds form.

Setting Downing’s trademark banjo and high lonesome holler amidst Hatem’s synthesized landscapes, the duo’s new record Crank Me Up is by turns humorous and haunting, sublime and carnivalesque. Here, everything on earth is imbued with life essence and omens abound: crows are oracles, bears ride the train, and goblins and heroes alike rise from the fertile decay.

Downing has been a staple of Baltimore’s art music underground since attaining college radio credibility with her Hillbilly Opera trio, Lambs Eat Ivy, in the 1980s. An endlessly restless performer, she continues to record and perform in a variety of collaborations, including Old Songs (with Chris Mason of The Tinklers and Mark Jickling of Half Japanese), In the Womb of the Everywhere Room (with Allison Clendaniel of Mind on Fire), and Mole Suit Choir (with Rupert Wondolowski, Keeper of Baltimore’s legendary Normal’s Books and Records.)

Hatem’s resume is equally active, recording and performing his own solo music and with Baltimore bands — writing and performing with Natural Velvet and Moth Broth, and joining Downing from time to time in Mole Suit Choir.

With Crank Me Up, Curving Tooth serves up a banquet of experimental pop that is both inviting and adventurous, combining flavors for every palate into a concoction that is quite toothsome indeed.

Available April 5th on streaming platforms and limited edition compact disc via 20/20 Records & Tapes.


released April 5, 2024

Liz Downing - lyrics, vocals, banjo
Greg Hatem - accompaniments, sampling, guitar

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Greg Hatem
Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Artwork by Liz Downing


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Curving Tooth Baltimore, Maryland

Dream-inspired odes to Mother Dirt, shapeshifting animals, and the reptilian brain, are delivered earnestly from Liz Downing's time bejeweled book of songs, now reimagined by Greg Hatem's sampling and arrangements. The Curving Tooth refers to that rare and singular beauty to ponder. ... more

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