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Cranes

Cranes were one of the major trance-pop/shoegaze groups of the early '90s, combining ethereal vocals and melodies with loud, droning guitars. Cranes were formed by brother and sister Jim (drums) and Alison Shaw (vocals) in 1988 in Portsmouth, England; guitarist Mark Francombe and bassist Matt Cope joined the band two years later. The group independently released its first album, Fuse, on cassette in 1990; a small local label released Self-Non-Self the same year to good reviews. Both sets of music led to a record contract with Dedicated, an English record label. Later that year, they released their first EP for the label, Inescapable, which earned them a lot of attention, including a Melody Maker cover story; a second EP, Espero, also earned positive reviews, including a Melody Maker Single of the Week. The following year, the band released its first album on Dedicated, Wings of Joy, which received favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as earning the band a sizable cult following, including the Cure's Robert Smith; Smith picked Cranes to open for the Cure on their 1992 world tour, which earned them a larger audience. Forever, the group's second album, was released in 1993. It expanded their cult slightly, yet 1994's Loved found the band in a holding pattern commercially. After releasing the limited-edition Tragedy of Orestes and Electra in late 1996, Cranes returned with Population 4, which was greeted with mixed reviews and found the group's cult shrinking. A reissue of Self-Non-Self followed the next year, but a new studio album didn't arrive until 2001 with Future Songs -- a relatively straightforward departure from their former material, with Alison Shaw's vocals higher in the mix than before. Particles & Waves (2004) and Cranes (2008) incorporated electronics with sparse arrangements to good effect. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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very nice music
Adore them; for they are Gods.
xlees
Love their music.
very creepy!
creepy and horrible
I saw them at a tiny club in Fort Lauderdale called The Reunion Room. Probably 1993, maybe 1994? Wings of Joy was out, so whenever that happened. They did absolutely nothing but stand there and I loved it.
Whose baby sister did they get to screech out this song?
Saw them open for the cure in San Diego in 92. RIP Art we went to that show and dropped acid. It was amazing.
A friend recommended me this band and I love it!
dmlp1960
Seems the more obscure the band/artist, the better the sound. I guess it's because the masses have little to no taste.
zyb495740
I first heard and saw the Cranes in 1992 at a Cure concert and I was immediately blown away! They've been on my short list of favorite bands ever since.

navymedic977 9
i first found them from a radio station give-away outside my highschool my freshman year... wow, i'm old... but great band, much love! ...not so sure about their newest album tho...
Cranes may have turned the corner on dreamtime technology. Particles and Waves can protect internal evolution.
She sounds like a little girl, but it's too catchy not to like.
I love The "Cranes" I didn't discover them until the late 90's, but once I did I was hooked. Since then I've turned a lot of people onto them including D.J.'S for a local community radio station that play their music often. I also D.J. and play their music on my World show. I can't wait for the day that they decide to record more beautiful music together, there are still followers out there. They are very romantic and soulful. Thx! Tribalaura
Always liked the Cranes. I used to date this girl...vampi r e - i s h in that she couldn't go out into the day without getting poisoned skin...anywa y , this girl used to go out with her uniquely tuned mandolin and sing at the Castro Muni station and sounded a lot like her...only with more aggressive, hypnotic lyrics full of tortured taunts, angst, and veiled threats. She was pretty good looking. Rather good looking actually. Except when the sun even indirctly shined on her. Then she'd get scabbified!
Oooh, I love them!
SHE IS AMAZING LOVE THIS BAND
interesting sounds.

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