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Cor-Crane Secret

  • 1. Vibracobra
    2. Kalgon
    3. Bend or Break
    4. Can I Ride
    5. Sense of It
    6. Ox Scapula
    7. Channel Changer
    8. In the Hand, in the Sieve
    9. Curtain Remembers, The
    10. Well Is Deep
    11. Duped
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Kee; Mac McCaughan; Polvo

    Polvo: Ash Bowie, Davd Brylawski (guitar, vocals); Steve Popson (bass); Eddie Watkins (drums).
    Recorded at Duck Kee Studios, Raleigh, North Carolina between January 2-5, 1992.
    Recording information: Duck-Kee Studios, Raleigh, NC (01/02/1992-01/05/1992).
    Helping to define the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, indie rock scene along with Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, Polvo displayed some of the slack-jawed passive aggression of those bands, but brought an entirely different sonic agenda to their 1992 debut. Frontman Dave Brylawski conveys the low-key snottiness of the era's alt-rock to a tee, but it's his and Ash Bowie's bending and breaking of conventional guitar arrangements and typical tuning that distinguishes COR-CRANE. The contorted anti-melodies and structures on barely-there songs like "Kalgon" and awkwardly driving, dynamic mini-epics like "Can I Ride" are reminiscent of few clear ancestral influences (though Sonic Youth and Cul de Sac come to mind). Yet COR-CRANE itself has impacted everyone from Modest Mouse to Explosions in the Sky, and probably should have put them in the same class as Nirvana at the time.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (10/92, p.116) - "...amazingly tight songs dominated by dual, masterful guitar....The album's ever-changing textures, rhythmic patterns and tones, laced with clear and gentle J. Mascis-like vocals, make it the band's dreamiest and prettiest release to date..."
    Option (Nov.-Dec./92, p.138) - "...rife with tension and competing ideas, a dialectic that arises out of noise meeting silence....deeply affecting, exhilarating and cause for great excitement..."
    Reflex (12/15/92, p.73) - "...unsettling, but fascinating...Polvo can generate potent noise..."
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