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CD Review – The Phoenix Foundation


Memphis Industries

New Zealand has done a great job of keeping this indie-pop sextet under wraps, but on their US debut, The Phoenix Foundation prove that they are not only ready to take on the world, but take it over.

The title track has a repetitive math-rock guitar riff and ends with a pounding drum beat that sounds a lot like the band Doves. “Eventually” takes an atmospheric backdrop and adds a very subtle surf-guitar that adds another dimension to an already great opening track. Add in the chill-out groove of “Pot” and the epic “Flock of Hearts” and you have a greeting card for the world. And this is one the world should keep. Call this album atmospheric, epic, whatever you want, this indie-pop album is worth it.

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