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Shelleyan Orphan singer Caroline Crawley, RIP

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Sad news to report: Caroline Crawley, who was one half of baroque pop duo Shelleyan Orphan, has died after a long illness, as posted on the group’s Facebook. (No other details were given.) Crawley formed Shelleyan Orphan with Jemaur Tayle in the mid-’80s, bonding over a shared love of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and that Romanticism played heavily into the band’s very unique style. (Only the Dream Academy were close to what they were doing in the ’80s.) The band released three albums in their original ’80s/’90s run (1989’s gorgeous Century Flower is arguably the highlight) and Robert Smith was so taken by them, he asked Shelleyan Orphan to open for their 1989 tour. In 1991, Shellaynn was among the artists that contributed to the third This Mortal Coil album, Blood. The band reformed in the late ’00s and released their fourth album, We Have Everything We Need, in 2008.

Caroline Crawley, you’ll be missed, but your music and voice live on. Rest in Peace.

Check out some of Shelleyan Orphan’s music and videos, below.

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