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Humans' Worst Habits

by Crake

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Amy & Ty 02:44
It came with the wind And left as soon again Just another thing to get away From a day I can’t win I felt so down I wrote to a friend God only knows how long it has been Since my hands held a pen She wrote back and said “I know Amy’s got a way with the horses Don’t let that mean that you go lose your nerve Remember when she found a crow In a box took it home How it only made it worse. Let that be a lesson Ty there’s no need to rush Sometimes a bird in the hand isn’t worth even one in the bush”
Bobbie 03:38
Like a course of a river nobody knows When you had scarlet fever burning down your throat And they had to call a vet, no doctor was close That’s when I decided I’d love you the most And when they said, you made no bones Did you put them in a cold frame watch them grow? And in the winter did you hide them under snow? Did you make it so no one but you would know And the soft passing calls of two herring gulls? When you saw a change in the stars was soon to come To avert disaster did you run to the shore? Did you bristle like chickweed as you threw him the rope? Or laugh like the goose as it hit against the stone? 
Staring out at the lighthouse To decipher its code Watch it answer in anger Cut right through the cold But I’ll never know Would you want me to know?
Lamb's Tail 03:17
Caught me wishing on a lamb’s tail If it moves to the right, I won’t sleep tonight If it moves to the left then I will rest Saw the dead mouse by the barn side Had a face like cinnamon, but inside rotten From where the cat had gotten in the door left ajar It all dies, that ain’t nothing new Can we talk about pussy willow coming through The cat who looks just like that kid you once knew Can we talk about anything to lighten up the mood? Dreamt I was heavy with a fox child Had its head and legs tucked in, a floating velvet ring Just an inch below my skin with eyes set wide Let’s not leave it too much more time I want my Dad to know our kid, see them laughing On that island where he lives with tides wild
Sargasso Sea 02:47
If like the Sargasso Sea We had no land round our bodies Instead a place defined By a shared hope, one of a kind 
What a thing to be A source of food, a constant safety Guilt’s such a heavy word And yours weighs more than most May it return to the sand Spill like stars or stone from glass What a thing to be At twenty one or twenty three It was you or him A chance to live in constant safety
I was in the back feeling horrid Someone offered me an orange drink I turned away with such little grace Nothing so sweet could stop me feeling so pale 
Sick from a river we filled with All of humans’ worst habits I took a chance on a water’s breath Waiting to see what it had taken and left And in the hospital, while being ignored I saw the shape of you rise through dry ice You were avoiding the reeds you thought housed living things Afraid of the liquid light And the water iris A spine curled up and rigid Restricted by the fabric I leaned in to hear the sound of your voice, you said “How well we feel isn’t always a choice” And you looked so human then I guess you’re just one of us Afraid of unheard things And of humans’ worst habits
We’ve all got a bark worse than our bite Halos and sun dogs, just tricks of the light We’ve all got feathers soft and gentle Just don’t wear them like we’re meant to That’s why our bark’s worse than our bite That time I saw the moon rise And I swore it was a sun set Caught out and a little tired It’s when I’m at my best So when the white tails turn back brown Spring pushes onwards the ice it melts Keep a little coldness in you Just wear it soft and gentle That’s when the dark no longer bites
Jesus 02:55
Find me tired and sober I’ll be peaceful and kind Until we find out together When’s too much of a good time ‘Cus I can see so many different colours I’ll turn myself blind Later on in the evening I was unthinking to try And sing ‘Hares on the Mountain’ Without saying goodnight I can think of so many reasons Won’t ask myself why Should have been with you all dancing On the night Anna died Instead I was taking chances Found peace in a bloodied Christ Painted flowers by his side
Rabbit 02:53
Never saw myself as cruel I laughed for too long I heard you leave the room I guess that’s us done Never one to start a fight Now I’m thinking about how deep these teeth could bite My neighbour’s vines are growing all the time I said that I would water them last weekend I stayed inside, hoped that they would die I guess it’s me taking the easy way out Does the rabbit know she’s food? With wide eyes she runs Cirrus hides a silver moon Falls at the next turn Always thought I was wide eyed Now I never even find myself surprised I called for help as his head hit the ground I lay my shirt down Couldn’t say my name when the ambulance came Thinking how to get the blood out
Funny Love 03:31
Born too late for the summer’s sun Never saw the light as it’s thrown across The hickory and the chestnut tree Never talked about in so many words But we are nothing without the herd It’s a funny love, but it’s what we’ve got Put my best foot forward to fall back down On my own for several hours now But I don’t mind calling this my time If I can close my eyes to the setting sun Know my herd are safely pushing on It’s a funny love It’s a funny love But it’s what we’ve got
We’re made of mistakes and diamond, ash, salt We can all be great, but not all at once Be brave and be shameless, just come back home I can be patient, just not for long Natalie’s been gone now for weeks I’ve been trying to find myself some peace in the little things You’ll spend a night with the moon I don’t know She shines bright, scared I might lose faith in my own Go be great I’ll keep safe all that we’ve grown Just come back before the dark sets and your battery is low
Sisters 03:50
In the colour of my sisters In the colour of my sisters I can read Slogans on white calico sheets But my skin was neoprene, slag and concrete I just couldn’t let them in Though they’re all I believe In the colour of my sisters In the colour of my sisters I can read Slogans on white calico sheets Couldn’t bring myself to speak, my words too heavy And my mouth it was a cliff Of rock face and of scree So find me by the hedgerow And find me by the slime mould Let me lie down with my eyes closed Until my feelings all come back to me ‘Cus they’re still all I believe
Ty & Amy 02:15
“Amy I don’t think that Ty is doing quite as well as he likes to make out. And I know he wouldn’t take it kind if he somehow knew I had called you up to talk this straight with you. It’s just I love you both so dearly, so it hurts to think he’s thinking of you badly. And Amy did you know he wrote a week back now or so when the geese were here and the southerly was strong. I kept to my words, don’t know if they're enough to keep him calm, to keep him from coming home. So don’t cut him off so severe like twice back one year when you killed the winter’s rose. Some things you must let grow and that means thorns and all.”


Led by enigmatic songwriter Rowan Sandle, Crake is driven by her endless curiosity. Armed with her gently cracking vocal, and inspiration from writers like Shirley Jackson and Nan Shepherd, she sings of crinoids, slime mould and pussy willow. When they supported Buck Meek at Brudenell Social Club, Buck found himself so beguiled by Sandle and her band that he invited them to support Big Thief on their UK and EU tour in 2019. Crake duly obliged and have been building towards their debut full-length ever since.

Much of the forthcoming album revolves around the death of Sandle’s friend Anna, who died in Syria after being hit by a Turkish air strike. Anna was working for a woman’s liberation group in the war-stricken country when the tragedy took place. ‘Human's Worst Habits’ explores the grief that followed and the lessons learnt from dealing with such a significant loss.

Sandle does, however, find space to explore more themes alongside this grief, such as cruelty and queer nature. On lead single ‘Winter’s Song’ she acknowledges the cruelty and coldness that exists within us all, and questions how we can continue to grow and love whilst remaining true to that.

Speaking about the track, she said: “Winter’s Song is about the absolute mundane beauty of being fallible. It's a true story, I saw the moon rise but swore it was the sun setting. I think about this line a lot: “keep a little coldness in you, just wear it soft and gentle” Be soft, be kind, be honest. Being unremarkable has its own beauty.”

Sandle’s love for queer nature is so fervent that it makes the experience of listening to Crake akin to that of stumbling on an entirely new world. Sandle believes that life isn’t as black and white as we’ve been taught, and thinks nature holds the key to revealing the true nature of human experience. The appearances of things like slime mould - single-celled organisms that form a single body when in search of food - brittle starfish - a type of starfish whose awareness isn’t concentrated in one place - and other such oddities furnish ‘Human's Worst Habits’ with a folklore all of its own.

‘Human’s Worst Habits’ will send you down multiple rabbit holes and you’ll emerge from each with a newfound appreciation for the complexities of the world. Perhaps even more important than this though is the humanity that lies at the very heart of this debut full-length. Whether it’s in the sensitivity in how she portrays the loss of her friend, the depiction of our most base instincts - namely cruelty, passion and love - or the sincere, pure quality of the songwriting itself, it’s this that makes ‘Human's Worst Habits’ essential, and invaluable listening.

“A pensive, dejected moment of magic, but magic nonetheless”, Gold Flake Paint
"Charming and intimate alt-folk”, Dork
“Consider it a maxim: when Crake releases music, listeners will be entranced by it”, Secret Meeting
“"In a world of cynics, [Crake] make you believe anything might still be possible”, For The Rabbits
“A perfectly-timed warm blanket to block out the cold world and insulate the love”, Beats Per Minute


released June 17, 2022

Rowan Sandle - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Russell Searle - Electric Guitar, Piano
Rob Slater - Drums / Backing Vocals
Sarah Statham - Bass / Backing Vocals

Produced, recorded and engineered by Rob Slater at Greenmount Studios, Leeds, January 2021
Mixed by Lee Smith
Mastered by Felix Davis at Metropolis


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