Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Noughties #70: The Fiery Furnaces "Gallowsbird's Bark" (Sanctuary, 2003)

This brother and sister combo from New York launched themselves with this collection of precociously confident bluesy garage rock. The Fiery Furnaces distinguish themselves from their direct contempories (White Stripes, Kills) via, not only the strength of the songwriting, but their inclination for compositional experimentation. This is more evident on later recordings, such as the expansive and ambitious follow up, Blueberry Boat (2004) but on Gallowsbird's Bark the balance between killer hooks and the avante garde really chimes.

youtube.com/the fiery furnaces - i'm gonna run
youtube.com/the fiery furnaces - asthma attack
youtube.com/the fiery furnaces - two fat feet

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