Fruitbats & Crows

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Fruitbats & Crows
Studio album by Farryl Purkiss
Released October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Singer-songwriter, pop rock, folk rock
Length 46:30
Label 2Feet, Sheer Sound
Producer Brian O'Shea
Farryl Purkiss chronology
Farryl Purkiss
(2006)Farryl Purkiss2006
Fruitbats & Crows
Singles from Fruitbats & Crows
  1. "A Million Grains of Sand"
    Released: 7 September 2009

Fruitbats & Crows is the follow-up to Farryl Purkiss's 2006 self-titled album. In the three years between albums, Purkiss had toured Australia three times, Europe, United States and South Africa.[citation needed] His songs have been used in campaigns by Nissan (Greece), Audi (UK), MTN (South Africa) as well as placement in the film "Adopted" (featuring Pauly Shore).[citation needed] In 2007 he was voted the most popular musician by Heat Magazine (South Africa)[citation needed]

This album was produced by Brian O'Shea. The album contains 12 new tracks and features international guest musicians such as Ash Grunwald (Australia) and John Ellis (Tree 63).

The album was mixed and engineered by Brent Quinton (except for "Man of Alibi", engineered by Earl Large and co-engineered by Brent Quinton). The album was mastered by Rogan Kelsey.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Farryl Purkiss.

No. Title Length
1. "Man of Alibi" 4:39
2. "Seraphine" 3:47
3. "Kissing Devils on the Cheek" 4:10
4. "A Million Grains of Sand" 3:44
5. "Creeping Up on Me" 3:45
6. "Monkeys' Wedding" 4:09
7. "Let It Be" 3:26
8. "Pennies in the Snow" 2:43
9. "Long December" 4:45
10. "No One Left To Blame" 4:32
11. "Bleed" 3:36
12. "Tide" 3:25


The first single produced from the album was "A Million Grains of Sand". The music video peaked at No. 4 on South African music channel, MK.[citation needed]


  • Farryl Purkiss - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Kieran Smith - bass guitar
  • Brent Quinton - bass guitar, electric guitar
  • Gareth Gale - drums
  • Ross Campbell - drums
  • Ash Grunwald - slide guitar ("Man of Alibi")
  • John Ellis - electric guitar ("Kissing Devils on the Cheek", "A Million Grains of Sand", "Creeping Up on Me", "Let It Be")
  • Candice Nel - backing vocals ("Kissing Devils on the Cheek", "Monkeys' Wedding")
  • Damon Forbes - backing vocals ("Kissing Devils on the Cheek")
  • Burton Naidoo - keyboards
  • Guy Buttery - acoustic guitar ("Monkeys' Wedding", "No One Left To Blame")
  • Sanjeet Teeluck - Harmonium ("Bleed")


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/4 stars[1]
The Citizen 7.5/10 stars[2]
FHM 5/5 stars[3]
Heat Magazine 5/5 stars[4]
Muse Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
High-Flyers Magazine (favourable)[6]
You Magazine 4/4 stars[7]
  • FHM - "Fruitbats & Crows completely rules. The music is amazingly listenable, very chilled, lyrically moving and sung by a man who we should export to other countries."[3]
  • Heat Magazine - "How many good tracks? All 12! We listened to this album over and over" "Bless our folky souls - we love this album![4]
  • Muse Magazine - "Wow, wow and wow again."[5]
  • High-Flyers (South African Airways|SAA Inflight Magazine) - "It seems you don't have to look overseas anymore for music that moves.[6]
  • You Magazine - "Must Listen"[7]

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
South Africa October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05)


  1. ^ review
  2. ^ The Citizen review
  3. ^ a b FHM South Africa, January 2010
  4. ^ a b Heat Magazine, 5–11 December 2009
  5. ^ a b Muse Magazine, Dec '09/Jan '10
  6. ^ a b High-Flyers Magazine, December 2009
  7. ^ a b You Magazine, 17 December 2009