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Steel Cranes — “Boat Song” (Premiere)

Amanda Schukle and Tracy Shapiro are Oakland rock duo Steel Cranes. With Schukle on drums and Shapiro on vocals, the two are rumbling the Bay Area music scene with their raw vibes. After knowing each other for only about a year and a half, the two are preparing to release a debut album entitled Ouroboros. We have the honor of premiering their first single, “Boat Song,” a hefty, droning five minutes of noise and lamentation. The two women exude a fervent-yet-slow, seeping energy into this song, which they say they recorded in one take. Set on maintaining the roughness of their live performances, the pair insisted on putting the whole album on tape. To do so, they teamed up with engineer Eli Crews of New, Improved Recording who has worked previously with tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof and Questlove. Ouroboros is scheduled for release on September 24th.

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