Listen: The Phoenix Foundation Fandango
With the last album Buffalo (2011) getting a European release, Fandango sees the band stretching musically, seemingly to take on the world. Fandango is the band's first double and as such, there are progressive rock elements aplenty. The 70's pastoral feel of Pink Floyd is evident on the superb 'Modern Rock' and 'Inside me Dead' is dripping in the psychedelic hues the band so love. 'The Captain' is a standout pop gem and a single in-waiting. Frontman Samuel Flynn Scott has called the 78-minute double "test match music" and it's languid, free-flowing nature confirms this. Nothing is hurried, and if anything, that may be an aspect that could have been tightened up. The 18-minute closer 'Friendly Society' is a good idea, but it never really arrives at any great payoff. Like a test match, Fandango takes its time and meanders through its 2 sides without ever really breaking sweat. Sure, 'Friendly Society' is a dropped catch, but for the most part, this is yet another thrilling instalment in the gloriously interesting career of The Phoenix Foundation. Review by Chris Mooar, Penny Lane Records.
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