Forest Fire / Staring At The X
Album: Staring At The X   Collection:General
Artist:Forest Fire   Added:Nov 2011
Label:Fatcat Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-02-05 Pull Date: 2012-04-08
Week Ending: Apr 8 Apr 1 Mar 25 Mar 18 Mar 11 Feb 26 Feb 19
Airplays: 2 2 1 2 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 06, 2012: Time Traveler
The News
4. Mar 28, 2012: Modern Donkey - Family Tribute
The News
2. Apr 01, 2012: Synthesis
Born Into
5. Mar 23, 2012: Time Traveler
The News
3. Mar 30, 2012: Time Traveler
The News
6. Mar 16, 2012: Time Traveler
The News

Album Review
Deniz Cebenoyan
Reviewed 2012-01-27
Forest Fire / “Staring at the X” / Fat Cat Records

Pretty solid album throughout. Use of synth backgrounds and instruments, but still actually sounds like music recorded in a studio vs predominantly on a computer. Male mid-tenor range voice, sounds like some cool British band I haven’t heard have. The vocals really make it sounds like a band that should be big - he sings with the swagger of someone famous. I like it! They seem to be bringing back the concept of instrumental solos in the middle of songs, which is awesome. A couple of songs, while simple, really showcase their talent as songwriters (3, 5).

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Favorite tracks: 3, 5, 6

1. 3:04 Boomy, ethereal beginning, picks up 45sec in, big synthy guitar sound, ends a bit suddenly - nice simple, but strong opener.
2. 4:10 Fun mid beat, light flute-y synths in background, almost beachy guitars/feel to it, good for the start of a road trip.
3. *2:32 Mid, very catchy, kinda dancy/forlorn, cool use of synth horn solo in mid (don’t play accidentally too high vol.), guitar solo end. Cool!
4. 6:26 Female voice, synth drone background, heartbeat esque drum, alternates with synth dance riff, borderline painful use of synth 1:30-2:00. Last 20sec super quiet distant synth.
5. *3:00 Slowdance time! Very nice, downtempo, simple chords, nice kinda-emotional singing (my favorite kind).
6. *4:17 Downtempo, heavy distorted guitar chords, strange combo that kinda works. Ok guitar solo just won me over (2:30-3:00).
7. 2:42 Strummed guitar and piano, female voice in background, distortions come in last 30 sec. Horn solo repriiise!!!
8. 8:28 Slow, steady basic drums, strummed guitar, faint synth in background. Nice simple closer, makes you want to play it all again.

Deniz Cebenoyan

Track Listing
1. Born Into   5. Staring At The X
2. Future Shadows   6. Blank Appeal
3. The News   7. Mtns Are Mtns
4. They Pray Execution Style   8. Visions In Plastic