Cannanes

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Cannanes - A Love Affair With Nature A Love Affair With Nature
Pop Colored Vinyl PTC 1989 Feel Good All Over
1991 White Vinyl Rarity. "A Love Affair With Nature Brings A Return To The More Shambolic Charm Of The Band's First Recordings. The Vocals Are Shared By Bassist Frances Gibson And Guitarist Stephen O'Neil, Both Of Whom Are Given Over To Fits Of Pique And Melancholy — Or, In The Case Of O'Neil's "Take Me To The Hotel Johanna (And Let's Trash The Joint)," Both. For Better And Worse, The Album Is Imbued With An Omnipresent Sense Of Nostalgia. The Trio Is Certainly Adept At Conveying The Frame Of Mind, But The Reference Points Are Specific Enough That Non-Antipodeans Will Probably Be Left Scratching Their Heads." David Sprague, Trouserpess.com... more details
 
Cannanes - African Man's Tomato African Man's Tomato
Pop Used - LP 001 Self-Released
Mint 1987 Private Press Rarity With Custom Insert, Second Pressing In Dark Blue Sleeve. Australian Indie Pop, With Lyrics To Two Songs Penned By Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, K Records). "Folks Who Revel In The Notion That Love-Rock Means Never Having To Tune Your Guitar Will No Doubt Grow Weak In The Knees Upon First Exposure To The Cannanes. The Fluid Australian Combo Is Willfully Amateurish And Occasionally A Bit Too Cute For Its Own Good, But The Utterly Unpretentious Purity Of The Band's Output Is Hard To Deny. Their Closest American Corollary Would Probably Be Beat Happening, But The Cannanes Are Slightly Folkier, Less Prone To Outbursts Of Rock Primitivism. The Band's Debut EP Is Charmingly Unsteady On Virtually Every Level, From The Cracks In Annabel Bleach's Sweet Warble To The Audible String Squeak That Accompanies Each Acoustic Guitar Chord Change. The Informality Only Adds To The Charm Of Songs Like "You're So Groovy" And The Quietly Caustic "I Don't Want To Talk About Your Problems." By The Time The African Man's Tomato Was Recorded, The Cannanes Had Already Experienced The First Of What Would Be Many Lineup Changes — And Consequent Shifts In Direction — With The Vocal Onus Largely Placed On Randall Lee. Slightly More Fleshed-Out (Some Of The Songs Recall Early Go-Betweens) And Darker In Tone, The Album Still Focuses On Life's Simpler Pleasures And Pains In Whimsical Inventions Like "Corn Chips," "We Drink Bitter" And The Tender "Love Takes Only A Minute." -David Sprague, Trouserpess.com... more details
 

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