KCRW’s Private Playlist: The Growth Eternal

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The Growth Eternal is the nom du disque of Byron Crenshaw, a Tulsa native and multi-instrumentalist currently living in LA. Following a string of digital singles, Crenshaw released his full-length debut, “Bass Tone Paintings,” as The Growth Eternal in 2020. The record is a compendium of one-minute psychedelic jazz numbers with introspective sentiments on Black identity, love for the environment, and social media anxieties. He recently followed it with “Kensho !,” an EP of micro-songs which, despite their brevity, demonstrate an ever-deepening artistry. The record’s title translates roughly as “seeing one’s [true] nature,” synonymous with the start of one’s journey to enlightenment in Zen Buddhism. Based on the evidence, one imagines a similar artistic path ahead for Crenshaw and The Growth Eternal.