Following their first, eponymously titled EP, consisting of jangly guitar, a selection of childrens toys and the soft, gently whispered vocals of Kaitlin Van Pelt, Breakfast In Fur’s latest release ‘Flyaway Garden’ sees what began as a recording project between Dan Wolfe and Kaitlin Van Pelt move into more assertive, punk rock territory experimenting in psychedelic rock with some elements of their more atmospheric, pastoral folk origins.
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It’s summer outside. The grass on the other side of the ring road has been beautifully shorn and the smell of fresh grass clippings is mingling beautifully with the exhausts. My idea of a summer-pop album is probably decidedly less post Arcade Fire than many people. Those Canadians just don’t connect with me which makes the dreamy pop overload of Breakfast in Fur’s second album not my ideal for the summer weather. They peddle a breathy polished pop that you’d be sure had the fingerprints of Dave Fridmann all over it but was in fact engineered impressively by singer Dan Wolfe. ‘Portrait’ is as pop-sheen as they and has some nice School of the Seven Bells harmonies. The band were more folky in by gone days apparently and this shows on ‘Whisper’ which indeed is sung in the kind of whisper that suggests the singer is a malfunctioning gas pipe.
‘Setting Stone’ sounds like Arcade Fire in a cavernous well, they lay on the synths and have ‘hey hey hey’ chant which I suspect were nicked from a Mumfords effort. Worse still they butcher Neil Young’s ‘Cripple Creek Ferry’ in a wave of synths something like a psych-synth sea shanty. ‘Episode’ restores some faith with it’s hymn-like Mercury Rev sweet melody and delicious dreamy harmonies.
The album has it’s moments particularly early on but I just can’t see what they are going for at times here.
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