Released 16th January 2017
East Manchester-based collective The Cornelius Crane finally release two of their most popular live tracks – the uncharacteristically rocky ‘So Long June’ fused alongside the more contemplative and bluesier ‘The River’ – for a single release which clocks in at an impressive, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’-busting eight minutes plus. A percussive intro which initially (and terrifyingly) evokes the spirit of Barry “Bazza” Manilow’s camp classic ‘Copacabana’ is mercifully swept aside by a deceptively-simple yet crunchingly-effective guitar riff and, even if we have to wait a bit too long for the actual song to kick in, we really don’t object as it quickly develops into a sublime, punchy distillation of the band’s acclaimed fusion of smokey Americana and folk music with a side order of prog rock thrown in for good measure. ‘So Long June’ rocks and then rolls, its urgent groove drifting between early Led Zep and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ era Stones before it switches tempo and slickly morphs into the languid, slightly hazy ‘The River’, a song which demands that you just sit there and let it wash over you as it slowly seeps into every fibre of your chilled-out being. Eight minutes in the company of two fine songs by the Cornelius Crane is clearly unlikely to be time wasted. Raw, melodic, gritty, music for the soul beamed in directly from the band’s beating heart – ‘So Long June/The River’ is all this and more and it’s really something special and cherishable in an era of soulless, homogenised, machine-made plastic pop people.