Upon placing the new Cranes disc in your CD player, don't simply press the play button. Instead, go directly to track seven.

Upon placing the new Cranes disc in your CD player, don't simply press the play button. Instead, go directly to track seven. The appropriately titled "Fragile" is true beauty, with angst-free guitar, celestial atmospherics, and tender, dub-inflected percussion forming the lush foundation over which singer Alison Shaw soothes by repeating the one-word title over and over again. Once "Fragile" has embedded itself into your subconscious, investigate other delicate tracks like the lyrically empowering, musically arty "Sunrise," the captivating "Don't Wake Me Up," and the hopeful "The Maker of Heavenly Trousers." FYI: The U.S. version of Future Songs includes three bonus tracks: "In the Reeds" and remixes of "Fragile" and "Don't Wake Me Up."—MP