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Emerging as part of the loosely defined but still heavily intertwined post-rock scene of Bristol, England, Crescent had links to just about every other group of note in that particular array of bands. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Jones played bass on a number of releases for Amp, as well as appearing in Movietone. Bassist Kate Wright also played in Movietone, handling guitars and vocals there, while Jones' guitar-playing brother Sam participated in Flying Saucer Attack at times. Besides the more drone-focused aspects or shadowy minimalism of those groups, Crescent also embraced brawling full-bodied rock tinged with murky, lo-fi production, for a more visceral experience. First coming to attention with their debut singles "Lost" and "Sun" on the Planet Punk label, the quartet garnered stateside notice in the mid-'90s with an expanded EP, featuring "Sun," and the full Now album on Atavistic. A follow-up album, Electronic Sound Constructions, was actually a solo effort by Matt Jones, while the band itself wasn't heard from again on disc until the Collected Songs compilation unexpectedly emerged in 1999. After making a move to Fatcat Records, the group put out By the Roads and the Fields in 2003, and then released Little Waves in July 2007. ~ Ned Raggett

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