This year, in an attempt to cover more music that would all-too-oft slip through the very large cracks, we're trying something new and novel around these parts. Namely, we're gonna actually publish the little one-off reviews that were previously (and arbitrarily) deemed too short for publication. In that spirit, here's a mini-review of a single from a forthcoming album that I, for one, am quite excited for. Without further ado:
Written by: The Administrator
Those of you who find yourself in the possession of a remarkably keen memory may recall a track premiere we ran a few months back. The track in question was "Serenity Within Chaos;" the artist was Oakland-based debut indie/prog/surf rock solo outfit Fire Whale. At the time, I was taken with James Utterback's ability to take from assorted genre tropes and imbue them with a unique sense of identity, and that admiration extends as Fire Whale's eclectic repertoire of sounds grows to include a wild pysch rockin' streak. While maintaining a modern edge, "So It Goes" dives headfirst into head-bopping riffs and tastefully exploratory delay-laden leads.
The chorus and solo, in particularly, feel fresh while simultaneously pulling up a lil' nostalgic flair, and that's a combo I will seldom turn up my nose at. Needless to say, this track shows yet another side of Fire Whale's colorful aesthetic, which I'm psyched to see take final form on the forthcoming full-length. Keep your eyes out for that inevitable behemoth, but in the meantime, check out "So It Goes" and the other available singles.
Fire Whale - "So It Goes" was released Jan. 7th
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