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Tell Where I Lie (Bonus Track Version)

Fossil Collective

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Album Review

Following several EP releases, the debut full-length from Leeds-based duo Fossil Collective draws its indie folk tunes from the same classic rock-informed blueprints as acts like Fleet Foxes, Midlake, or some strains of the now defunct Vib Gyor, the band from whose ashes Fossil Collective was born. Acoustic strumming with understated, busy instrumentation is the order of much of Tell Where I Lie, with tracks like album-opener "Let It Go" or the spirited and catchy "Wolves" both driven by moody folk guitars and soft, pristine vocal harmonies, but supported by drums, piano, organ, and other elements, all muted and pushed into the background of the songs to form a wall of texture. Vocalists/multi-instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker's bright harmonies and melodic sense fall pretty closely in line with the ghostly Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-worship of Fleet Foxes for many songs, and the falsetto vocals and airy feel of tracks like "Monument" evoke the same woodsy melancholia of Bon Iver. While incredibly pleasant and thoughtfully delivered, the lack of originality keeps Fossil Collective from breaking through on songs like these. They fare better when they stretch out creatively, as on the lazy, floating space rock-branded folk of "Under My Arrest," which evokes Radiohead's early years of lightly experimental pop as much as it does the work of Fossil Collective contemporaries like Midlake or Great Lake Swimmers. Similarly, the albums epic centerpiece, "The Magpie," rides in on a patch of foggy ambience, building its folk-rock instrumentation to a burning summit of electric piano chords, towering drums, and experimental electronic tones. These sidesteps into experimentation and repetition pair nicely with the album's more affably predictable moments, heightening the overall dynamics of this delicately beautiful collection.

Customer Reviews

Stumbled into treasure

Found this record on my quest for a good album that would put me on an emotional rollercoaster and i was sold with just the previews. Great songwriting. This is REAL music folks. BUY THIS ALBUM SUPPORT INDIE MUSIC!!!

Great Album

Any fan of Bon Iver will love this album. "Monument" is very much like "Holocene". I really enjoyed the Vib Gyor stuff and was glad this album came along.

Must Do List

1. Play the album in its' entirety. (You will marvel at how it becomes the perfect soundtrack to anything you do)
2. Watch the video for Let It Go (Amazing!)
3. Get everything from Dave Fendick's previous band Vib Gyor


Formed: 2009 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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