This is a lovely review of our compilation by Darragh Murray at Rave Magazine. Thanks!
Given the solidarity of the Brisbane music community during the 2011 Queensland floods, it’s no surprise that local musicians have contributed their time to lend our Japanese friends a hand in their time of need. Soundcrane is a compilation of songs drawn from Japanese culture, including popular music, anime and video games, performed by (mostly) local artists with proceeds going to disaster relief. While this may sound like something that could go horribly wrong, the results are impressive, serving as a great introduction to Japanese music for those not overly familiar. McKisko’s downtempo yet serene cover of the Tenniscoats’ Baibaba Bimba introduces a record covering a wide net of Japanese music, demonstrated when Charles Dugan’s assured cover of One Summer Day from Spirited Away appears not too far from No Anchor’s fierce rendition of Boris’s Rattlesnake. While it’s tricky to summarise all the highlights (though special mention deserves to be made of BigStrongBrute’s stunning cover of Tujiko Noriko’s Call My Name), Soundcrane is such an engaging release it’s difficult to believe that this project was thrown together in such a short period. Highly recommended.