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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

June 8, 2009

The Return of CRANES

This is the long-awaited release of a new studio album by Cranes, the famed British dream-pop group whose creative output has spanned over 15 years and -- with this latest addition -- nine studio albums. The self-titled album "Cranes" has been three years in the making. It is a triumph of celestial atmospheric rock and metaphysical minimalist electronics, made instantly recognizable by Alison Shaw's child-like vocals and Jim Shaw's uniquely inventive compositions. Their early fans included John Peel, the legendary Joy Division producer Martin Hannett and Robert Smith, who asked them to open for The Cure on many an international tour. The new album's otherworldly tonal beauty will continue to see them existing outside of the mainstream, slightly disconnected, but able to offer a very beautiful, one-of-a-kind vision of life in the 21st-century.

"...the blend of pretty melodies, other worldly atmospheres and twinkling electronica dovetails nicely with today’s ‘folktronica’ scene. …the one chord ‘Worlds’, the French sung 'Panorama' and 'Wonderful Things', with its circular acoustic guitar pattern are hauntingly lovely." Q
"…their immersion in electronic soundscapes works beautifully with Shaw’s other worldly melodies….on the truly lovely ‘Feathers’, the results are stunning." Rocksound
"With their minimalist lyrics and demo-like pieces Cranes have remained an enigmatic package-but their magic is how they use these resources to create an off-beat beauty." Uncut
"Cranes have created yet another work of weirdness, beauty and splendor. Some people have trouble managing one out of three but here it is replete." Glasswerk.co.uk
CRANES' latest album "Cranes" will be released locally this June by Universal Records!
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