With The Gift Comes The Curse (LOV035)
01. The Jetties
02. In Harm's Way
03. Cruel and Unusual
05. How To Make A Monster
06. Yesterday Doesn't Exist
07. Plastic Fangs
08. Instruments of Fear
09. N.C. Blackout
Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Fin Fang Foom returns with a much more somber long-player in With the Gift Comes the Curse. Their second full-length, With the Gift Comes the Curse, is a dark, piano-driven set of songs anchored by melancholy vocals with rich delivery. This new album captures hypnotic drones and transforms them into something compelling and riveting.
The vocals are subdued and effective, with swirling guitar and keyboard lines producing a concentrated fog of activity. The album is propelled by unconventional rhythms and beats that skitter around vivid melodies. Fin Fang Foom has succeeded in reining in disparate elements of their earlier efforts and condensed them into formidable, weighty pieces. These songs are cohesive and collected into an arrangement of solemn design.
Listeners will be captivated by doleful wails that rise and fall under surging melodic lines. While dark in nature, Fin Fang Foom doesnÌt let the mood lapse into bleakness; there is simply too much action to let inertia glide in. Rather, this talented trio has created a work of dimmed, expressive beauty hypnotic to witness and hear, a beautifully subdued effort that springs forth from a quiet turmoil.
With the Gift Comes the Curse was recorded by Andy Baker (Mercury Program, Japancakes) in Athens, Georgia, at Chase Park. Chad Clark (Smart Went Crazy, Beauty Pill) mastered it at Silver Sonya Studios in Washington, D.C. Fin Fang Foom have played and toured with such bands as Engine Down, Mercury Program, Milemarker, Twelve Hour Turn, Cursive, and Blonde Redhead.