The Phoenix Foundation: Buffalo
The Phoenix Foundation are apparently one of New Zealand's biggest musical exports, which is slightly embarrassing for me considering I'd never listened to them before last week. These Wellington indie rockers released their fifth studio album earlier this year; the ambitious (and some have said excessive), 78 minute Fandango.
Having listened to their most recent singles from the album; Thames Soup (featuring UK comedian Jim Tavare in the music video) and their previous release The Captain (a bit of a synth-pop number), I wasn't yet entirely convinced that this was my sort of thing. It wasn't until I ventured back to their previous album Buffalo that I began to fully appreciate their delightfully dreamy, progressive psych-pop. The band has a unique and collaborative approach to their music, experimenting with kaleidoscopic pop, clambering guitars, and floaty Simon & Garfunkel style harmonies.
I may have 5 albums worth of material to catch up on (not to mention EPs and soundtracks etc), but this is one band I look forward to getting to know. Just blame my extended absence from their homeland for my delay on jumping on to this bandwagon, or in this case, sheep farmers truck. (Sorry, had to)