Released 1996 on Ultimate
Reviewed by Goatboy, 24/04/2000ce
After a few years absence Bickers re-emerged with a new band, Cradle, comprising Bickers, Caroline Tree and various floating musicians. A single, "Second Nature" preceeded the album, perhaps the most upbeat track on the album and the opening track. Not exactly representative, as the rest of the album is a beautifully laid back rural psychedlic meander. Where Levitation had been a box of fireworks Cradle were fairylights in a tree. Highlights are the fragile "Gifts of Unknown Things", the Swansesque "Black Tea" and the 15mins+ "Chloe's Room" which combines hypnotic guitar work from Bickers with Tree reading "The Hunting of The Snark".
It has been suggested that Tree's vocals leave a little bit to be desired but that's unfair. This is that rare thing, an album that carries equal parts strength and beauty.
After a couple of gigs in London Cradle disappeared without trace. Bickers seems to have dropped off the map entirely as his ex-Levitation bandmates have gone on to great things with Dark Star. This world is a less interesting place without him.