Crash Test Dummies Return with “Sacred Alphabet,” a Dynamic Piano Ballad Reflecting on Wonderment

25 years after the release of their multi-Grammy-nominated hit album, God Shuffled His Feet, Winnipeg’s Crash Test Dummies embarked on an anniversary tour whose overwhelming reception led them to return to the road in 2022, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut LP, The Ghosts That Haunt Me.

The stories which fans have told the band while on tour in recent years, some very dark, others very funny, and all so personal, have inspired the band to return to writing music.

Their new single, “Sacred Alphabet,” is a shimmering revelation which captures a feeling of awe. The instrumentation is sparse, featuring ‘spectral’ sounds and a choir constructed entirely out of member Ellen Reid’s voice.

Sacred Alphabet” explores the metaphor of sound and symbol, contemplating the world before it existed: “No subject, object, verb or tense; sound had not been enslaved to sense.”


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