The new album by Louise Patricia Crane cannot be Genre-fied. But it can certainly be loved! It is an amazing debut release which holds you from start to finish. Touches of Folk, Prog, Dream-Pop, Rock, Goth and Art-Rock meld together to paint a picture with many facets. Louise’s obvious writing and vocal talents are joined throughout by Stephen Carey (The Eden House) on guitar and bass, who also co-wrote, produced and mixed the album. Also joining in are special guests Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on flute and Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson on guitar and backing vocals. Also add in on bass sharing duties Steve Gibbons (Holy Rage), Scott Reeder (Kyuss) and Danny Thompson (Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush), and percussion throughout by Simon Rippin (The Eden House), there is a multitude of talent on this album – and it shows.

The album is split into two great halves – Sun and Moon, but the tracks flow well together and with each able to stand out on their own.

Opener “Deity” is a gothic dream-pop song which really sets you up. Beautiful vocals and a musical dream-scape take you to another world. This is followed by “Snake Oil”, which opens with a driving drumbeat. Jakko’s backing vocals really add to the song, as does the first appearance of Ian Anderson’s distinctive flute. There is also some great guitar riffs.

“Painted World” starts with the amazing tone of Uilleann Pipes before a heavier sound takes over. Crane shows a full range of vocals here, which add to the depth of the song, and the mix of acoustic and electric guitar works well. “Cascading” would be at home on any Cocteau Twins album – with Crane’s haunting and mesmerising vocals it has a beautiful dreamy edge to it, and for me is one of the stand-out tracks on the album.

“Moon” starts with the title track “Deep Blue”. Carey’s beautiful piano mixed with viola and violin supplied by Shir-Ran Yinon blend wonderfully. A stripped-back love song with yet more atmospheric vocal. This is followed by “Ophelia”, the first single from the album. A darker song which sees the return of Anderson’s flute to add more atmosphere. The first appearance of Gibbons on bass and fretless bass adds depth too – to the song and seemingly to the water that the girl is laid in. Church bells introduce us to “Isolde” – a sad and sombre 6-minute epic which is very prog-like in mood and time changes. Still a beautiful song, again using Yinon’s violin to great effect. Closing out the album is “The Eve of the Hunter”. Danny Thompson’s bass still has tones of Gabriel’s material in it, and the song could easily be one of his epic film soundtracks. The song builds to a crescendo and surely leaves you wanting more.

Put all of that together and you have an amazing album, atmospheric and ethereal. It will transport you on a journey that you just may not want to come back from. I would thoroughly recommend adding to your collection.

Louise Patricia Crane – Deep Blue is available now on cd, vinyl and blue vinyl, direct from her bandcamp page https://louisepatriciacrane.bandcamp.com/album/deep-blue. It also comes with a set of 8 art cards – one for each song, which are also beautiful.