Fulton Read - Indivisualize
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: November 2008
The heady mix of chamber music with rock guitars has a way of making earth tones sound exciting, and Fulton Read are prolific at making that happen. Their latest EP Indivisualize, shows the band’s moxie for power rock flurries and their gentler side for melodic torrents and chords armed with soft bristles. The band takes rock guitar riffs and revs them up with clips of flashy horns, strips of classic piano, and tissuey string flutters which produce an undertow of lilting waves. It’s an album that pumps the heart and delights the senses.
The lead vocals of Anthony Erickson have a raspy, coarse texture reminiscent of Tesla’s Jeff Keith, and the sonic mix made by multi-instrumentalist Stephen Duffy keeps the tracks in a state of flux as the songs features continually change discharging different facets of the instrumentation and draping the melodies in hollies of scintillating tones. The changes in the chord progressions appear to be accidental, but with a closer inspection, the sequences evolve intentionally through the movements as they are finely sculpted and beautifully orchestrated, even as Erickson’s scratchy vocals scrape across them. His rough timbres give the songs an earthy complexion dovetailed in chamber music tubing. It projects an image of Tarzan’s raw mannerisms tamed by florally Verdi-esque orchestrations and sturdy ligaments. It is an album that definitely leaves an impression on the listener.
Produced by CJ Eiriksson, Will Hoffman, and Rory Phillips who produced Fulton Read’s first record Out of the Woods, Indivisualize is loaded with a lot of epic-type-pieces like the title track. The song moves like a great big jam session of musicians going from airborne guitar riffs and throbbing strokes to flirty horns, lacy strings, and whirling piano keys. No rules seem to be applied to the track, yet its darting phrases are melodically groomed. The lyrics in the track ruminate, “This spark has spanned generations / We trust our guts to get by / Creation or inspiration / We are a force in this life / It’s like you walk around until you understand / And still we’re shuffling our feet again.” The lyrics speak about human nature, and the music mirrors the moods and rhythms of human behavior quite instinctively.
The melodic rock crystals of “Is This Love, Is This Love That’s Been Eating Me” construct a rich putty with the guitar flurries and skyrocketing effects forming stirring prisms relatable to Thriving Ivory. The brisk tempo and emotive changes of “Chemistry” create cornrows of hot-spots, but the most versatile track on the EP is “Wii Are All Luck” with rungs of lively fluctuations pinned by gradual transitions. Starting off as a vocal and piano melody, the transitions gradually move the piece by turning it into episodes of sultry horns or brazen guitar riffs and tied to melodically trotting rhythms. The music has a commercial pop fare reminiscent of Mike Doughty with thematic coils that make the song instantly likeable.
Fulton Read’s EP Indivisualize is chamber rock with an artistry and mobility that relates to human nature. Mainly consisting of Erickson and Duffy, Fulton Read make music with a level of rawness and maturity that fans of all generations would like.