10 Fakten zum neuen Album von Sarah Cracknell:
On occasion, it gets a little too pleasant, but, when the songs soar, it’s an infectious listen and, with the prospect of summer sunshine ahead, it will serve to soundtrack hazy days.
Red Kite was made with Colorama’s Carwyn Ellis, a Royal Academy-trained multi-instrumentalist, and Seb Lewsley, who both collaborate often with Edwyn Collins. Cracknell shares Ellis’s interest in unusual musical instruments and they wrote together in her house around her Wurlitzer Butterfly Grand. Their reference points included Ennio Morricone, Joe Meek and Marianne Faithfull, and the results show it : On the Swings glistens like a soundtrack to lost 60s cult cinema, while Hearts Are for Breaking is a swinging piece of melancholic pop. Folk duo the Rails and Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire also pop by.
Film is again the comparison that keeps coming to mind for Red Kite. Cracknell has warned against autobiographical readings of these songs: In the snow-globe-like "I Close My Eyes," which convincingly transforms the London Underground into a quasi-agrarian "subterranean carriage," the married mother of two murmurs about nuptials and children as if she still "never saw myself that way, but you never know." The track has a transportive quality, like when the lights dim in a hushed theater. You never know: Love might be all you need, after all, if only it didn't have such a terrible habit of flying away. "I'll never know," Cracknell sings in "Favourite Chair," tossing back her own words, right before this homey, understated picture fades to black.