Saturday 18 July 2015

Two White Cranes: Radisson Blue

You'll likely know Roxy Brennan's voice from Trust Fund's No One's Coming For Us album this year or her eponymous debut album last year. You'll likely hear her again since she's joined Joanna Gruesome.

You'll definitely play her even more again if you buy Radisson Blue. It's at least as good as No One's Coming For Us and it's better still than her debut.

This is a coming-of-age record (okay, it's a tape). We Grew Up is like Emma Kupa's Home Cinema - life getting more complex as you get older. Diaries is about trying to hold on to old friendships (see also: Allo Darlin's Tallulah). It's brittle DIY folk toughened up - imagine if Rozi Plain had some Blake Babies records.

There's a song named after Raymond Carver's So Much Water So Close To Home. Paul Kelly was inspired by the same story to write If I Could Start Today Again. Roxy takes a different but no less effective approach. I can think of no higher praise.

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