Breakfast in Fur hail from New Paltz, NY and are becoming a band that I keep going back to. This is another one that does not fit in any one box or genre, and a characteristic I really love. Flyaway Garden was recorded in various studios, living rooms and attics throughout the Hudson Valley and is a wonderful compilation of what seems to be a fully mature sound for a band that has only previously released a self-titled EP. With their official debut, the collection of songs pulls from so many different arenas including folk, experimental, sixties pop, psychedelia, shoegaze, ambient and on a couple of tracks – even some punk influences.
Breakfast in Fur was the creation of Dan Wolfe who started making music in his spare time in 2007 with a focus on folk and psychedelic. Later, Wolfe met artist and musician Kaitlin Van Pelt at a party and soon shared with her his recordings. Wolfe asked Van Pelt to sing alongside these tracks, which resulted in hundreds of handmade CD-R’s that were distributed throughout the Hudson Valley. And with that, Breakfast in Fur was born.
Later on Mike Hollis (guitar) and drummer Chris Walker were added to the official line up and next month, I will get to watch them play live at SXSW this year.
Flyaway Garden is a solid debut which offers a smorgasbord of sounds to wet your musical palate. With a few instrumental tracks (“Ghum”, “Flyaway Garden”, and “Sun Catcher”) and some full-bodied tracks (“Episode”, “Portrait”, and “Whisper”), which deliver a full helping of ambient, shoegazey goodness. With tracks like “Shape” and “Setting Stone”, I get the feeling of some punk influences along with britpop being dished out on both. “Aurora Falls” is another short but sweet guitar driven instrumental track with a touch of psychedelia. “Lifter” is a world beats inspired track with definite psychedelic influences and a great touch with the flute that would most likely make Ron Burgundy a little bit jealous. Flyaway Garden is an album that I can listen all the way through with every track appealing to my ears.
Van Pelt’s vocals are very airy and nice throughout and the addition of Wolfe on tracks like “Setting Stone” and the stellar experimental cover of Neil Young’s “Cripple Creek Ferry” balance out the album nicely. The lyrical theme of the album seems to be about identity and the passage of time, which is appropriate considering the album art includes a pencil drawing of a 4-year old Wolfe.
If you dig airy, ambient and awesome, you definitely need to check out Breakfast in Fur’s Flyaway Garden, which is out today and available on CD or Vinyl at Bar None Records and Amazon. I am sharing my two favorites, “Shape” and “Portrait”. If I had a streaming version of “Cripple Creek Ferry” to share – I would because it is a great cover. You can also stream the entire album over on Spotify.
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