Fiction Family Reunion by Fiction Family on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after their first project together, Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins reconvene for Fiction Family Reunion. Newly recruited bassist Tyler Chester and drummer Aaron Redfield help flesh out the combo’s sound, letting Foreman (Switchfoot’s frontman) and Watkins (Nickel Creek’s renowned former guitarist) fully realize their musical ideas. There’s plenty of stylistic experimentation here, ranging from rootsy folk rock and progressive bluegrass to semi-psychedelic excursions. “Just Rob Me” (a galloping country tune about an inept female bandit) and “Reality Calls” (a jazz/pop daydream complete with whistling) reflect the band’s whimsical side, while “Avalon” and “Fools’ Gold” suggest The Beatles and The Band. Lyrically, the songs are smart, wry, and compassionate, whether extolling love over religious dogma (“God Badge,” “Guilt”) or confessing inner weakness and torment (“Damaged,” ”Monster”). “Give Me Back My Girl” tosses in a mainstream indie rock element for good measure. The musicianship is impeccable throughout, with Watkins dishing out tasty guitar solos over layered harmonies and quirky sonic textures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after their first project together, Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins reconvene for Fiction Family Reunion. Newly recruited bassist Tyler Chester and drummer Aaron Redfield help flesh out the combo’s sound, letting Foreman (Switchfoot’s frontman) and Watkins (Nickel Creek’s renowned former guitarist) fully realize their musical ideas. There’s plenty of stylistic experimentation here, ranging from rootsy folk rock and progressive bluegrass to semi-psychedelic excursions. “Just Rob Me” (a galloping country tune about an inept female bandit) and “Reality Calls” (a jazz/pop daydream complete with whistling) reflect the band’s whimsical side, while “Avalon” and “Fools’ Gold” suggest The Beatles and The Band. Lyrically, the songs are smart, wry, and compassionate, whether extolling love over religious dogma (“God Badge,” “Guilt”) or confessing inner weakness and torment (“Damaged,” ”Monster”). “Give Me Back My Girl” tosses in a mainstream indie rock element for good measure. The musicianship is impeccable throughout, with Watkins dishing out tasty guitar solos over layered harmonies and quirky sonic textures.

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About Fiction Family

Fiction Family is the acoustic-oriented collaboration of Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins. The duo took informal shape in 2005 under the name the Real SeanJon, a humorous moniker intended to irk Sean Jean Combs. Utilizing what little time they had between tours, the musicians began creating homemade recordings of their collaborative songs. Progress was slow, however, as Watkins devoted significant time to Nickel Creek's "Farewell (For Now)" tour and Foreman busied himself with a new solo career. By 2008, the two had reconvened under the name Fiction Family and readied an album's worth of acoustic chord progressions, harmony vocals, and eclectic instrumentation. The self-titled record was issued in January 2009 by ATO Records, despite previous rumors that the band had partnered with Starbucks' music division. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Cardiff, CA

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