Linda Smith & Nancy Andrews – “Spare Me The Details”

Linda Smith and Nancy Andrews, longtime collaborators and veterans of the underground rock scenes of the ’80s and ’90s, have reunited to rekindle their former creative magic on a brand new LP on Grapefruit Records, called A Passing Cloud.

Recorded via filesharing during the pandemic, this album (which is available now for preorder, and will be released on March 17th) captures the two friends returning to their former artistic dynamic with 30 years of new experiences behind them. So many of the songs are based around personal stories, told from a feminist point of view.

Smith and Andrews, who previously worked together in bands like Ceramic Madonna Head (with Plastic Arms), Lambs Eat Ivy and The Woods, craft together here shadowy noir soundscapes, ethereal ballads and off-kilter pop songs.

The lead single from the album, “Spare Me The Details,” for instance, is a minimalist pop tune with a drum machine, baroque keyboard melodies and distantly buzzing guitar underneath clouds of wispy, soft vocals. Shades of The Magnetic Fields, Galaxie 500 and Cate Le Bon might be detected in this, as well as many other songs on this album. Give it a try yourself:

If Aldous Harding, The Clean and Stephin Merritt are among your favorites, then you should give A Passing Cloud a try. Click here to preorder your copy now.



Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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