Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]
Mar22

Tall Tall Trees: Freedays [Album Review]

Tall Tall Trees Freedays Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: Tall Tall Trees emerges with a thoughtful, joyful record. Album Review: Mike Savino is Tall Tall Trees; he has also moonlighted as the electric banjo player for Kishi Bashi. Seeing this description intrigued me to check out what he is about. Freedays is Savino’s third official LP and his first released with Joyful Noise Recordings. This puts Savino in the position...

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Switzerland: Long Gone [Album Review]
Mar15

Switzerland: Long Gone [Album Review]

Switzerland Long Gone Popical Island [2017] Who: Switzerland is an Irish four-piece band. Sound: Jangle rock with a sharp edge. TFN Final Take: Long Gone is Switzerland’s debut full-length. The Irish band definitely bring strong musical chops to the proceedings. Some may find the vocals to be a notch off-kilter in quality. I often had the experience of really getting into the intro of a song and then needing to adjust my ear once the...

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Foxygen: Hang [Album Review]
Mar07

Foxygen: Hang [Album Review]

Foxygen Hang Jagjaguwar Records [2016] Who: Foxygen is an indie rock duo from California. Sound: Glam rock for the modern age. TFN Final Take: Foxygen really doubles down with the glam rock on their fourth LP, Hang. At times it seems more like a Broadway cast recording rather than a rock album, which makes for a distinct listening experience. While it remains interesting it isn’t necessarily engaging; all of the posturing and...

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Enemies: Valuables [Album Review]
Feb20

Enemies: Valuables [Album Review]

Enemies Valuables Topshelf Records [2016] Fire Note Says: Enemies go out on a high note. Album Review: The moment you fire up Enemies’ third album Valuables, you’re greeted with a jammy, proggy, sound. The Irish band, who announced their breakup after the release of this album, does an incredible job at creating ambience. Subdued vocals function as an extra instrument, allowing the focus to stay on the intricate guitar and percussion....

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Surfer Blood: Snowdonia [Album Review]
Feb02

Surfer Blood: Snowdonia [Album Review]

Surfer Blood Snowdonia Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: Surfer Blood stay true to their roots after their loss. Album Review: Surfer Blood lost Thomas Fekete, their original drummer, to cancer in 2016. He had left the band a year earlier to receive medical treatment; the band raised funds for his treatment in 2015 and 2016. Snowdonia is Surfer Blood’s first album without Fekete. It’s an important step forward for the...

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