"Intelligent, luxuriant & compelling indie rock/pop/folk. Falls somewhere between Elliot Smith, REM, Radiohead, Nick Drake, The Eels, U2, etc. New album 'Tracing The Cracks' is an album that NEEDS to be heard. It's dreamy, imaginative and inspiring. Listen to it again & again & again..."
- Kings of A&R, New York (April 2003)
"An ethereal, lush and dreamy expedition into the dark, deep and blue crystal crevasses of David Sylvian, R.E.M., Nick Drake, and Elliot Smith, among others, tumbling their listeners into an emotionally exposed and beautifully melancholy existence. If and when you picture yourself floating through the expanses of space, moving stars and planets with a sweep of the hand, feeling the glows of the galaxy imprint your heart, Thinland will be the soundtrack. Dive into the formless dream worlds and the gloriously powerless zero-gravity of fate... and take this CD with you."
Editor's Pick (April 2003)
"Sometimes you come across 'great music' that just does not conform the way you usually listen to music and which demands a bit more of your focus and attention. Thinland is a band that combines acoustic and orchestral elements, layered guitars, poignant and introspective lyrics, and compelling melodies, giving the band an unique sound that ranges from acoustic folk songs with string and orchestral backing to full-out rockers with loud, aggressive guitars, driving rhythms, and memorable melodies. We could compare them to the very best of moving R.E.M., the beatific landscapes of David Sylvian's solo material, Leonard Cohen and The Eels. That said, no one comparison fully captures the essence of Thinland's sound except the simple fact you should hear this record, sooner as opposed to later. Extremely Highly Recommended.
- Not Lame Records (April 2003)
Thinland (2001-2007) was an indie pop band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band's combination of acoustic and orchestral elements, poignant and introspective lyrics and compelling melodies gave Thinland an unique sound that ranged from acoustic folk songs with string arrangements to indie pop and rock songs with aggressive guitars and melodic hooks.
Thinland's material has been compared to Elliot Smith, Radiohead, The Church, R.E.M., U2, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Beck, The Verve, David Sylvian and the Eels.
Thinland's line-up included Jeff Crandall (guitar/vocals), Jason Fritts (bass/vocals), Aaron Kerr (cello) and Patrick Hennessey (drums). Additional musicians on Tracing the Cracks include Mellow Drunk's Leigh Gregory (guitar), Frank Spencer (dulcimer), Beth Spencer (vocals), Sena Thompson (violin, viola), David Hanners (guitar) and Randy Gildersleeve (slide guitar).
Jeff Crandall and Aaron Kerr reformed as Swallows in the summer of 2008.