The Phoenix Foundation, Fandango (2013)
Okay, so I’ve already reviewed the album, yes, but in that review I suggested the band had made three-quarters of a good/great double-album. And so I had to get the full four-sided experience – even though I claimed to never want to hear side four (one whole side dedicated to one half-song). Well, actually, not that I’d say I’m coming around to that 15-minute nadir but somehow it does (almost) work when given a side of wax to spin out through. I really don’t even know why/how I can say that and just let it sit there – without saying anything to back it up. But it’s true. I found myself happy enough – after three mostly-glorious sides – to let side four do its thing and play out, play through. And I’ll say again I respect the band for making this a double and doing so to accommodate that long, gruelling song. Good on them for not being a dick-band looking only for a pop-hit. Good on them for doing what they want to do. I always wanted to have this on vinyl because I like The Phoenix Foundation. I like what they’re about and how they do what they do – and I like what they do. I’d like to think I’m a supporter of/for their cause. And as Fandango finds its way into my home in this format – I’ve only given it a couple of spins, but have played the Mp3s a heap already – I think it’s likely to be one of the records of the year. Easily the best local release of 2013 (easily) and it’ll surely be in my Top 10 for 2013, certainly one of the most played albums of the year too. Always a good sign. Hey, also, when I first played the vinyl (it was brand new, sealed, picked up earlier that day) I had Sylvie Simmons at my house. So I can lay claim to introducing Sylvie to The Phoenix Foundation. She didn’t say anything really while it played. But hey, she didn’t tell me to turn it off! I saw it as my way of helping to take NZ music to the world. Something like that anyway.
Sample Track: Black Mould
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