Never thought I'd ever review a Cranes record. Alison Shaw always totally alarmed me with her childlike vocals, only to be ripped off by Mum 10-15 years later haha! They have a new CD out on Dadaphonic, it's self-titled you know. The overall feel is of twinkling, spectral indie with a gently ethereal vibe but there's little to appeal to the hardcore goths these days. It's got shades of brittle melancholy but the music is quite uplifting. The guitars shimmer whilst the understated electronics and percussion envelope you like the best downtempo sounds do. There's plenty of lovely touches to this album, it's relatively accesible yet layered in such a profound, classy way you're drawn deep into the velveteen textures of the songs. Minimal & atmospheric, some tunes embellished with gentle, refined drums, some percussionless, all led by THAT dreamy baby doll voice. It's a lovely album for any time of the day too, soothing & captivating. Unlike a lot of the stuff on, say, Bella Union, for all it's commercial impact, this still feels like a refreshingly alternative album, beautifully realised & chocka with great songs. Really great to have these old masters back, they ooze quality! Ace.
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