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Fever The Ghost – Crab in Honey

The Los Angeles’ glam psychedelic rock quartet starts their EP from the right ear and slowly moves to the left as it settles with “Calico,” which fosters the energy for you to move your head back and forth and come up with some interesting finer choreographies. The doubled stereo vocals lead through this groove with some synthesized ambiance as the drums pulsate through the sonic texture.

“A Parliament of Owls Determine the Fates of Greater Men No Less Than 5 Stories Above Us in A Dream” (Woah) leaves you with an internal sense of arpeggiated happiness, by maintaining an uplifting melody all throughout. “Crab in Honey” is definitely the most representative song of the EP. It is the most dynamic song in terms of melody and harmony providing a journey that takes unexpected turns and is full of pleasant surprises. The song has an Ars Nova flare to it without the medieval instruments but with the choral and melodic harmony and sentiment.

“Crab in Honey” painted through the reverb

This is what "Crab in Honey" looks like through the reverb.
This is what “Crab in Honey” looks like through the reverb

The last song, “We’ll Never Know” completes the EP, giving it a wholesome identity. This acoustic ballad, followed by short and impulsive leads, carries through as the falsetto voice slowly sinks into your stomach. With this song FTG shies away from their psychedelic elements and embrace the more dreamy aspects of their music, a more simple yet effective song to adjourn the EP with.

Fever The Ghost will be touring the U.S. this upcoming spring including a show at SXSW. They have more songs than the five they released on their EP and I am sure they will be just as moving. Make sure to check them out if you are at any of those locations to enhance your sense of spatial properties, the performances are just as colorful as the EP.

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Fever The Ghost at Los Angeles’ The Echo 7/15

In terms of influences, the band sounded like David Bowie and The Doors played musical chairs to Tame Impala in Jack White’s backyard, who lives in Alex’s World. Sonically, the performance was impulsive; I couldn’t get a grip on it, I couldn’t hold a thought for more than a minute. The show wasn’t one piece; it was a series of frames that cut through the story with much ease. Ok, enough with the analogies. The truth is I found comfort in Fever The Ghost’s sonic un-structure. I didn’t know where it was going, but it was so appealing that I tucked away my preconceived notions of music and let them lead the way, I knew I would enjoy it nonetheless.

This is what the concert looked like through the reverb

Graphic Artist - Oswaldo Diaz
Graphic Artist – Oswaldo Diaz

Even though the psychedelic rock quartet is fairly new, they performed with maturity, showing much experience on stage and letting the music provide presence for them. Surrounded by pedals and synthesizers, Bobby Victor, followed the guitar riffs while he playfully pranced around the arpeggios. At times, he focused on the pedals to add more space when the music got heavy, and other times he provided dreamy high-pitched vocals that simmered everything down. Casper’s echo driven vocals were shrill and short, and although I couldn’t understand much of what he was saying, its innocence gave the overall crunch a nice balance. The most memorable aspects of the show happened when they jammed. The instruments would slowly get louder and less clear, eventually reaching a sonic climax at which point the guitarist would duck down to stir the pedals, leaving the drummer in sight, drenched in sweat, battling with the snare as the walls of sound tugged against the audience’s body. In the midst of all the noise the music would suddenly stop, letting the bass valiantly provide a catchy groove as the music took a turn. It’s an experience. Go see them.

Fever The Ghost, which is composed of Casper Andrizzo, Bobby Victor, Nicolas Overhauser and Mason Rothschild, will release their debut EP this September. Seriously though, put more than two songs on your Facebook page, America needs more space exploration.

Listen and download the song “rounder” here:

Concert Review: Dark Furs at Los Angeles’ The Satellite (7/6)

I walked in to a room with about twenty people when I heard a female voice in a British accent softly say, “we are Dark Furs” followed by the overdrive and aggressive guitar as they opened with the song, “Concrete Corners.” The performance left me in a dream-like state, not necessarily pensive, but excited. It was colorful, embodying every spectrum from dark to bright, which is the way I would describe Suzanne May’s voice as it covers a wide range in a swift, unpredictable, almost untamable way. Smoothly transitioning from forceful tunes, to the more jumpy songs that made the crowd walk towards the stage; suddenly there were a couple of dancers among all the “indie standers.”

This is what the concert looked like through the reverb

Graphic Artist - Oswaldo Diaz
Graphic Artist – Oswaldo Diaz

The performance started with some edge; rightly so it caught the attention of all the onlookers, and as the audience awkwardly approached the stage, Dark Furs quickly set the tone and took the shame away with much assertiveness. Each song offered more character and I sensed that the crowd got increasingly more engaged. The show got progressively dreamier as guitarist Chad Philipps, standing to the right, looking down, ominously pierced through chords with more delay. The show hit its culmination with the ballad tune “French Love,” it gave the concert its place in time as the guitar inhaled upwards and her voice exhaled through the venue. The synthesizer and drums rained over the melody making every right leg in the venue pulse against the floor.

Besides the minor technical mishaps that happen during small shows, the performance was captivating. The band really seems to focus on the music as a whole and no one instrument or musician stands out; they do a great job at removing the human element out of their performance. I highly suggest you to attend one of their shows and listen to their music, although there were four performers, Dark Furs sounded bigger than they looked.

Dark Furs at The Satellite (7/6)
Dark Furs at The Satellite (7/6)

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