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Two White Cranes

Post by noLooking » Tue Aug 04, 2015 23:25

Seeing that her new album has been released this week, I thought it was time that Two White Cranes had a thread of their/her own.

The debut album was one of my favourite records of last year and I've been coming back round to it recently. It feels a little odd to listen to it in the summer, it's quite a wintery album, the songs either bring to my mind blanched white skies or warm fires. Things like "Mountainside" feel a bit grim and harsh, but there's a cosy, intimate feel to the likes of "On Keeping A Notebook" which is more reassuring, they have a tenderness to them that I find comforting.



Roxy's voice is what makes it really special, I think. I like how she can be very smooth and composed at times, but there's always a feeling of something a bit wild eyed about it, the way she'll break off into that piercing holler that just lays some of the songs completely to waste, especially at the end of "Skeleton" but on a lot of them really.

And I've always been a fan of coffee house picking, so it's nice to hear it on something that I could conceivably call an indiepop record, it feels like a bit of a bonus.

I keep noticing things in the lyrics that I'd missed when I was first listening to them, usually in the quieter ones which have more complex imagery in them. Much of it goes completely over my head but they seem to cut to a part of me that doesn't need explanations. Like this one from "Skeleton":

"If I could speak then I would keep you by my side,
If I had flesh upon these bones you'd be my wife.
And we would find a place to hide,
The skeleton and his bride,
My, my"


I haven't a clue what that means but it still touches me. I could rattle on about the lyrics all day but I'm sure this is already wearing thin.

Anyway, she's got a new record out, which I'm going to get next week when I've got some money. I'm not going to spoil it for myself by listening to it now, but should you feel tempted...



It's not just me is it? Tell me this is marvellous and that I'm not wrong about this.

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by Trev » Tue Aug 04, 2015 23:28

The first LP is brilliant. The 2nd one is even more brilliant, if that's possible. The sound is a little fuller.

The tape has sold really well on Odd Box. Think we have less than 10 remaining of the 50 already.
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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by tompony » Wed Aug 05, 2015 09:34

The new album is absolutely fantastic - I bought it post-Indietracks based on the strength of the Grubs set, since they don't have much released yet. I also downloaded the first one to listen to while I waited for the new one to arrive but it turned up incredibly quickly, so I haven't really given it a chance yet. I love the crunchy guitar sound on Radisson Blue. 'Adler' is an early favourite track.

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by noLooking » Wed Aug 05, 2015 14:39

Trev wrote:The first LP is brilliant. The 2nd one is even more brilliant, if that's possible. The sound is a little fuller.
Good to know, although I do believe you have a conflict of interests there : ) I like the stripped back feel of the first album, it feels a bit post-punk on the 'band' tracks ("Acraman Road" in particular is terrific). But I'm sure I'll like this as well.
tompony wrote:The new album is absolutely fantastic - I bought it post-Indietracks based on the strength of the Grubs set, since they don't have much released yet. I also downloaded the first one to listen to while I waited for the new one to arrive but it turned up incredibly quickly, so I haven't really given it a chance yet. I love the crunchy guitar sound on Radisson Blue. 'Adler' is an early favourite track.
I forgot all about Grubs, I get a bit dazzled and dizzied by all the people in and out of each others' bands. I'm intrigued by the prospect of a Roxy-led Joanna Gruesome, though I think she'll be sorely missed in Trust Fund.

I was covetously eyeing up the double package at Stitch Stitch - it'd be nice to have both on CD. I like the cover for the first one, it feels like a good expression of the music. And I feel a bit guilty that got it when it was free and enjoyed it quite as much as I did without having to pay for it.

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by tompony » Wed Aug 05, 2015 14:45

The Grubs album popped onto Bandcamp for pre-order today, coincidentally. I thought they were great live, but on the strength of the tracks I've heard, I think I prefer Roxy's solo stuff. Still looking forward to hearing more Grubs though!

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by Trev » Wed Aug 05, 2015 15:20

Cheers Tompony. Pre-order placed!
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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by noLooking » Wed Aug 05, 2015 23:39

Something I forgot to put in last night: the Two White Cranes blog is well worth reading if you haven't seen it, lots of interesting musings about the songs and being a musician in general. The post about shouting and being loud is really good.

https://twowhitecranes.wordpress.com/

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by islandhopper » Thu Aug 06, 2015 09:36

I was lucky enough to see the set in the merch tent at indietracks and buy the CD afterwards. Definitely one of my highlights and I look forward to seeing her again somewhere there aren't quite so many distractions!

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by ruudboy » Thu Aug 06, 2015 21:16

islandhopper wrote:I was lucky enough to see the set in the merch tent at indietracks and buy the CD afterwards. Definitely one of my highlights and I look forward to seeing her again somewhere there aren't quite so many distractions!
I was unlucky enough not to - I finally plucked up the courage to come out from my tent on the Sunday afternoon and caught the land train to the site, and was gutted to discover that I'd just missed them. I first saw them playing at the Martha gig in London a couple of months ago, and bought the first album when I got home that night. It's lovely, and thanks for andyi for pointing out the new album's out - a buying I shall now go.

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by hhbtmike » Fri Nov 20, 2015 05:02

for folks in the states HHBTM just released Two White Cranes "Radisson Blue" on cassette this week. Saw Roxy in Atlanta when she was on tour so she might still have some when she gets back for UK folks.

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by tompony » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:33

New song, available as a download with a badge:

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Re: Two White Cranes

Post by noLooking » Thu Apr 21, 2016 23:01

Nu!



I'd been put off Try The Pie before because I think it's a terrible name for a band, but having had a listen she's (they're?) really very good.

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