The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #45 – The Phoenix Foundation

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Phoenix Foundation

WHAT: Fandango

WHEN: May 2013

WHERE: Memphis Industries

WHY: I swear, y'all, there’s something in the water down in New Zealand. So. Many. Good. Bands. Take The Phoenix Foundation, for example. They stand out from many of their countryfolk, as theirs is not a sound that could be a part of the Flying Nun roster in the 80s (well, ok, that's actually in there somewhere too). They jangle, mind you, but in a lush, oft dramatic way. Fandango is glossy, gorgeous, and gets better with each listen.

MY JAMS: “Black Mould” “Thames Soup” “Supernatural” “Walls” “Sideways Glance”

[posted 2.25.14]


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