Manchester’s own alt/countryÂ collective ‘The Cornelius Crane’ releaseÂ the new ‘E.P Too’ onÂ StereoKill Recordings this October which not only marks the labels 10th release butÂ arguablyÂ their finest yet.Â The Cornelius CraneÂ are; Steve WilsonÂ guitar/keys and vocals, MarkÂ AdamsÂ bass/backing vocals and DanÂ AdamsÂ drums/backingÂ
vocalsÂ plus pedalÂ steel guitar and between them have put a dream of an E.P together.
First off its ‘Americana’ soaked influences, which are all easy to pick up on- CSN&Y, The Band, Neil Young and co are all thereÂ – but its the way they harness them and bring some thing veryÂ BritishÂ to it all which makes it some thing their own. Starting with ‘OklahomaÂ and me’, this up-beat opener with its kinda ‘on theÂ road’ sentiment straight away illustrates the groups knack for these really soulful, harmonic vocal chorus’s that just hook you in and is no better performed than on the Fable-Esq titled ‘They Sailed like they’ve never heard a Song’. Playing like the trippy end of the Stones and as bluesy as hell its again fitted out with another one of those soaring, beautiful chorus and with added vocals fromÂ Lucy Whitehead its probably ‘E.P Too’s highlight, and your potentialÂ favourite.
‘They Sailed Like they Never Heard a Song’Â The Cornelius Crane
Its the last 2 tracks that The CorneliusÂ Crane put thoseÂ alt country/ AmericanaÂ influences right up front with ‘Don’t Blame this Heart of Mine’. Having that sameÂ identifiableÂ lazy-strum ‘Heart of Gold’ possess it will be for all the same reasons why you love that song that’ll you’ll love this. Though its the last tune that’s a personal fave, titled ‘Pan and the Goat’ its play between gorgeouslyÂ countrified ‘lost and found’ verses to an elated yet ghostly chorus reminiscentÂ of something like Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ seals it for me.Â All 4 tracks stand up, not one a filler and due to a fantastic/clear production together with those soaring chorus’s,Â superbÂ musicianshipÂ and heartfeltÂ homage to its USÂ influences E.P Too might make one of your fave releases from any Manchester group this year.
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