Australia - Full Moon 149 - 11/13/08
Hidden Shoal Recordings
Perth-based quartet Fall Electric have launched their single "Faithless
Friend", off their fresh debut album Measure And Step (out now).
Acoustic based rock with punch and calmness. Hand in hand. Or hand in
"Faithless Friend" is a stomping piece, a semi-angry and intense song
with acoustic string-plucking, including cello. Accurately paranoid and
angst-filled, ending with a quick bow to Nirvana ("Something In The Way").
Nice. Imagine Arcade Fire merged with Wire.
Its 'flipside' (eh, it's a downloaded single... well, a bonus track),
"Sir Sun Shines Strong", is all toned down acoustic and of a more introvert
nature. Here's where Dirty Three comes to mind (Dirty Three doing a cover of
Oldham/Billy, maybe). The cello part towards the end is brilliant, and is
quite electric. Spellbinding, almost terrifying. These two tracks leaves me
very excited to check out their album. The description is indeed fitting:
"This is acoustic folk noir for
Measure And Step was recorded with Casey Rice, who has worked with
Dirty Three, Tortoise and Stereolab. Other reference names dropped are:
Dirty Three, Will Oldham, Neil Young, Mum, Mice Parade, Do Make Say Think
and Tom Waits. Giving a reference cross-point of acoustic meets carefully
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