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Several bands will be returning this year with new albums after a few years away, but one band that hasn’t received much attention is Fossil Collective. In 2012, the then duo of David Fendick and Jonny Hooker formed Fossil Collective following the dissolution of their former band, Vib Gyor. Their debut EP, Let It Go, captured the imagination of UK music fans with their haunting alt-folk. The momentum continued on their sophomore EP, which was aptly titled On & On.
Their breakthrough came early in 2013 with their critically acclaimed first full-length, Tell Where I Lie, which was released on Vagrant Records. Their music was compared to Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and a melodic version of Radiohead. The success of Tell Where I Lie led to the release of a third EP, The Water, which could have been considered the “b-sides” to the LP. Fendick and Hooker could have easily continued to release more music and conduct an extensive tour, but after a non-stop 18 months they opted to set aside Fossil Collective and take a much-needed break.
After two years away, Fossil Collective has returned, and the duo has now become a trio with Antonio Mucedero joining Fendick and Hooker. His addition has helped the band evolve, as evidenced on their forthcoming, new EP Flux. The gorgeous melodies and intimate songwriting are maintained, but their alt-folk sound is more expansive, more haunting, and more stunning. At times, the trio reach for quiet yet lush cinematic landscapes, as depicted on the opening single “Disarm”. It is on “Float”, though, where Fossil Collective achieve celestial heights. The track is perfectly paced, rising slowly as the drama described by Fendick builds. It’s a beautiful, deeply moving song of hope and unrelenting love.
Fossil Collective, however, have completely abandoned the bedroom intimacy of their previous albums. “Final Call” is strikingly haunting despite its minimalist approach. And much like Fleet Foxes’ music, the song leaves chills down one’s back. “I Remember It Now”, likewise, is a gorgeous song, a combination of the warmth heard in the songs by José González but with an tinge of ’80s soft rock a la Glen Frey.
While more than two years have passed, Fossil Collective sound like a band that has been reborn. They’ve taken their alt-folk to new heights, one that is dazzling and breathtaking. And with Flux, Fossil Collective have already set the standard for EPs in 2016 – that is until the next one they release assuming they stay true to form and release two records in the same year.
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