Some might call Cranes’ genre-defying mix of dreampop with gothic instrumentations melodramatic, others would say it’s revolutionary. We won’t take much of a stand here: either way, their debut Wings of Joy is being brought back to life by the kind folks at Music on Vinyl. Dive right back into their experimental take on early 90s shoegaze!
Staff note from Clinton:
Helium-voiced shoegazers Cranes were one of the more unusual sound to come out of the early '90s. Now you can get their debut again on blue vinyl!
Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 MOVLP2248C
180g blue coloured vinyl reissue LP on Music On Vinyl. Edition of 1500 numbered copies.
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- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
9/10 Richard 14th January 2019
Cranes first full length LP from 1991 gets the reissue treatment on lovely coloured wax. After the early releases that were almost industrial, Cranes developed their sound to capture a post-goth pop / rock sound that they would go on to refine further on 'Forever'. 'Wings of Joy' is probably my favourite Cranes LP though. Alison Shaw's vocals are key, and take centre stage on the slower, almost neo-classical tracks, like 'Watersong', 'Tomorrow's Tears' and 'Adoration' (ace video below for that one). Tracks like 'Thursday' and 'Starblood' though are a reminder of the intensity they were capable of. I believe they are still going, although it's been an age since any new material, so it's great to see Portsmouth's finest have their earlier records reissued.
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