11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the stunning debut of from Fossil Collective, the Leeds-based duo of David Fendick and Jonny Hooker push beyond the familiar terrain of dream-folk contemporaries like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes and weave in influences from ’70s soft rock staples like CSNY, America, and Poco. Seductive vocal harmonies, warm acoustic guitars, and fundamentally solid songwriting are hallmarks of every track on this Editors’ Choice, from the strumming minor-key heartbreakers like “Brother” and “Let It Go,” to the backbeat-driven folk rock of “Wolves” and “When Frank Became an Orb.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the stunning debut of from Fossil Collective, the Leeds-based duo of David Fendick and Jonny Hooker push beyond the familiar terrain of dream-folk contemporaries like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes and weave in influences from ’70s soft rock staples like CSNY, America, and Poco. Seductive vocal harmonies, warm acoustic guitars, and fundamentally solid songwriting are hallmarks of every track on this Editors’ Choice, from the strumming minor-key heartbreakers like “Brother” and “Let It Go,” to the backbeat-driven folk rock of “Wolves” and “When Frank Became an Orb.”

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About Fossil Collective

Although the South Devon, U.K.-raised David Fendick and Stockton-on-Tees-born Johnny Hooker originally began making music together as part of the Leeds act Vib Gyor, by 2009 that group had disbanded and the duo began work on their own brand of folk-pop under the moniker Fossil Collective. While Vib Gyor's piercing electro rock echoed that of the Killers, the pair became increasingly frustrated with their bandmates' unwillingness to take a more stripped back approach. Betraying influences such as Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Iver, the first Fossil Collective demo -- On & On -- soon found 250,000 viewers on YouTube and led to an indie deal with the Dirty Hit label. Support slots with acts such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich and the Civil Wars -- in addition to the very well-received 2012 EPs Let It Go and On & On -- helped to raise their profile before their carefully crafted debut album appeared the following year. Partly recorded in a church and mastered at Abbey Road, Tell Where I Lie nodded to material by Fleet Foxes, Midlake, and Turin Brakes and, with backing from Universal, reached number one in the Billboard "New Artists Album" chart in the US. ~ James Wilkinson

ORIGIN
Leeds, England
FORMED
2009

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