Sort-of goths The Cranes released their second EP, Self Non-self in 1989. It was their first proper release, really, following on from the 1986 cassette-only Fuse EP. To mark it’s 30th anniversary, an expanded version of the EP is being re-released. The band were led by brother and sister duo Alison and Jim Shaw and, despite not releasing anything since 2008, still perform to this day. 180g pink & black coloured vinyl, limited to 1000 copies on Music On Vinyl.
Vinyl LP £17.75 MOVLP2181C
180g pink & black mixed colour vinyl, expanded reissue LP on Music On Vinyl. Edition of 1000 numbered copies.
7/10 Richard 7th December 2018
If you loved the Cranes circa 'Forever' you need to be prepared for the almost harsh industrial sound that 'Self-Non Self' presents the listener with. Alison Shaw's notoriously child-like vocal is present, but is often eclipsed by the pulsating bass lines, screeching shards of guitar and intense pounding of drums. It's very gloomy, very goth, very late 80s, and pretty decent all told.
Cranes went on to make some really excellent records, and their debut full length 'Wings of Joy' is probably a better place to start for the uninitiated, but it's good to see this early release out there again for the Cranes die-hards. Probably one for the completists though in all honesty.
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