Voice Box – EP
Fat Possum Records
Formed around the guitar and vocals of Blair Howerton, this band from Austin, Texas has built on its earlier EPs with their debut for Fat Possum – the band (Sam Houdek on guitar, Mitchell Lamon on drums, Chance Williams on bass and Kendal Powell on keys – with Houdek) manages to rock out in great fuzzy-pop shapes when needed (infectious single Athlete should tell you all you need to know there with its gnarled riff bent back and spread smoothly over a terrific indie-pop hook). But there’s also the cautious introspection of Jetplane, which brings to mind Cat Power only at her very best. There’s something in Howerton’s voice that links to Soccer Mommy and Lucy Dacus too.
EP opener, Bury Me, kicks things off in a widescreen Americana-pop way with Howerton’s vocal sitting centre-frame – like if Nadia Reid worked with a more energetic version of the Cowboy Junkies.
The title track has a shimmer of magic to it that’s not like anything else on the EP – across the five songs they cover a lot of ground while clearly establishing the band’s own voice as a pop act that has no aim toward the ‘pop’ charts – it’s more pop music in the vein of acts like Chungking; acts that write and create magical moods.
I’m sold on the basis of this.
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