The first full-length album by the Cranes. which I brought probably on the strength that no one else had a copy,. There were times of pointless indie snobbery back in the nineties, I might have had a Miranda Sex Garden album too at one stage.
Correctly described as; haunting, beautiful, otherworldly and creepy, but I do have a problem with Alison Shaw’s vocals. I know that Slowdive’s Alison is rumoured to be written about the Cranes vocalist, but her voice is reminiscent of a toddler, who has been given a cocktail of day-glow coloured pick-and-mix sweets and helium. The only comparisons I can draw are with fellow 4AD label bands such as Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil.
The Cranes are refreshingly different and are a contrast to the identikit indie bands that can be seen throughout the charts and music press.
Cranes : Wings of Joy
Living And Breathing
Leaves Of Summer
Hopes Are High