New Band Of The Day #72: Crake

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New EP By The Slime Mould is out now 2 June on cassette/download.

Who: Rowan Sandle, Sarah Statham, Emily Ingham and Rob Slater. With appearances on the new record from Alice Scott of Post War Glamour Girls. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Greenmount Studio

What: Indie-folk (FFO: Elliot Smith, Trust Fund, King of Cats.)

Where: Leeds, UK.

Why: “Looking back / I wouldn’t change a thing.” That’s the most pertinent line in Crake’s track ‘Anglesey’ for me. I’ve always admired (envied) people who can steadfastly claim they wouldn’t change a thing they’ve done. It must be a wonderful comfort.

With Crake, such reflection is wrapped in a gentle and delicate indie jangle that is endearing and charming. The press release here says Crake are indie-folk, but I also see a strong link to the C86 sound of the 80’s and to more modern indie rock outfits like Bristol’s Trust Fund, and Brighton’s King of Cats. I think it’s the humanity and delicacy in the music. Whatever. Just have a listen.

“For as long as I can remember I have written words down, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to learn the guitar,” says Sandle. “Upon moving back to Leeds I found myself surrounded by musician friends. I received a lot of encouragement and support to start Crake, for which I am thankful. Under different circumstances, By the Slime Mould would still exist, but as scraps of paper covered in half-formed narrative, like those I find so often when sorting through life’s baggage.”

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