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Portsmouth, United Kingdom (1986 – present)

Cranes are a / group fronted by Alison Shaw and formed in 1986. They were originally based on the south coast of England in Portsmouth.

The band released their first album on vinyl, Self Non Self in July 1989. The intensity of that album garnered very good reviews and caught the attention of John Peel, who picked up on the album right away, with the group recording a session for him in the album’s first week of release. Shortly afterwards they signed to the label Dedicated (which also became home to Spiritualized and Beth Orton) and went on to record their EP “Espero” in 1990, with the album “Wings of Joy” following a year later. The release of “Wings of Joy” caught the attention of Robert Smith of The Cure who picked the Cranes to open for them on their world tour in 1992. They then went on to record the albums “Forever” (1993), “Loved” (1994), “La Tragedie d’Oreste et Electre” (1995), and “Population Four” (1997).

After a 4 year break, Cranes re-emerged on their own independent label Dadaphonic to release “Future Songs” (2001) and “Particles & Waves” (2004), which saw the band heading in a more electronic direction while retaining the trademark sound of previous releases. In January 2007 the band released a download only album, “Live at Amsterdam Paradiso,” originally recorded in 1991. The show captures the darker, heavier days of the early Cranes and is available only via


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  • ashrafoe

    none of my companions understand my love for this band, but it makes so much obvious sense. this band is great. the focus on the vocals is not the key. it is all instruments (including the vocals) combined that work the magic

    22 Oct 6:43pm Reply
  • solenanthus

    @Stugard lol She reminds me of Grimes

    1 Oct 6:35pm Reply
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  • PuppenVonFreak

    Her voice is unreal.

    15 Sep 9:55pm Reply
  • girlofdreams

    Canto Starblood que nem uma louca, amo demais.

    14 Sep 10:43pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    luscious lisping from Alison

    12 Sep 12:55pm Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    я думаю, глупо давать ребёнку микрофон и при этом утверждать, что поёт кто-то старше 12 лет.

    1 Sep 3:43pm Reply
  • renanpinelli

    This band is so good and unique that I could immediately marry someone who likes it

    26 Aug 6:31am Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Музыка супер, но вокал ну очень специфический )

    23 Aug 8:52pm Reply
  • FlipperF13

    хочется купить ей сладкую вату и сводить в зоопарк

    19 Aug 7:01am Reply
  • JadoreKitty

    Such a haunting voice

    4 Aug 4:31am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    My GOD!!! Self Non Self is such an awesomely awesome album!!!!! [2] ♥

    22 Jul 1:00am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    шикарная группа, я считаю. некоторые песни на уровне cocteau twins

    21 Jul 1:54am Reply
  • maskull24

    My GOD!!! Self Non Self is such an awesomely awesome album!!!!!

    12 Jul 3:13pm Reply
  • Cylob

    Shoegaze of the 90's - What are the 10 albums you should own? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 12:01pm Reply
  • JustChewIt

    волшебный звук

    26 Jun 8:34pm Reply
  • Kyonil


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  • Edgecore

    lol @ not knowing spanish [2] You're a G O D

    29 May 5:13pm Reply
  • marcfaires

    Buena banda ....

    23 Apr 4:23pm Reply
  • Uranium1

    Without doubt, "I Hope" is the best track of Cranes! Listening to them since the 80's!!!!

    2 Mar 10:45am Reply
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