The Fylls - Living Rooms Little Album
- Artist: The Fylls
- Album: Living Rooms Little Album
- Label: N/A
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-07-20
Listened to NYC band, The Fylls' EP,Living Rooms Little Album , whose name is a play on the musical term, fill, which according to Wikipedia (where I get all my info, kidding) means a "short musical passage, riff, or rhythmic sound which helps to sustain the listener's attention during a break between the phrases of a melody". Well, my attention was sustained and then some. Creating a new sub-genre, indie folk grunge, Jordan Roads and Erica Robinson fuse the musical spirits of 60's Baez and Dylan hazy, mental and/or civil unrest and 90's Nirvana and Pearl Jam jumbled depression, where many grunge greats grabbed substances to numb the pain as a response, to produce a left-leaning progressive sound uniquely their own.
Reading the EP insert (which if you're curious on how The Fylls put them together, watch a "fantasmagorical" video about it on YouTube), they explain the grassroots singer/songwriter "living room show" concept to record this, leveraging their friends' apartments (that's what friends are for, right?) to provide the stage/studio. The EP begins melancholically about relationships gone awry on "Rabbit Hunting", "Thread", "Dark Room" and anxiety-ridden "Wooden Floors". Changing direction, addressing character "crumbling spit" flaws on "Ashtray" and evolution stew theories on "Mitochondria", the tempo picks up, referencing the evolution debate about spiritual Adam and Eve years apart and the theory that we all have the same mitochondria anyway. Ending the EP off with "Last Battle" to which they produced a video to show support for our generation's first real protest, "Occupy Wall Street", they poke fun at corporate greedy "CEO Charlie" (I made that up) that has "avarice in his jeans and palaces still to be freed". Whether fighting "the power" or for a collapsing relationship, this dynamic duo delivers.
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