Now and then a song comes into my peripheral that just really nails what I love about music. Maybe it’s the last gasps of summer that stun my creative bauble, maybe its sentimentality for a bygone era and for sure its just a band ticking all the right boxes – “Easy To Pretend” just does it for me.
I knew absolutely nil about this Copenhagen based trio before watching the tastefully pasted together video clip for their latest track – an apparent homage to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman – culled from desert motorcycle scenes from The Master – but I was instantly gratified to be able to easily download their entire catalogue (3 eps) from their homepage. – 100% free. Normally, you have to scour the universe, navigate Bandcamp and Soundcloud, possibly mount the didactic task of ripping YouTube clips somehow to your iTunes or pray that something might have made it up on torrent sites to get free music these days. It ain’t easy – 1st world problems and all that jazz eh?
‘Easy’ could describe Far Away From Fiji’s entire shtick though too. Easy because its pure guff for the soul, familiar but new, not requiring much work to get into and absolutely no problems with wearing you thin with some sort of concept beyond just fucking making some decent indie rock.
The latest offering seems to add a bit of depth to Fiji picture. A droney and hazy backdrop perfectly suits the laid back airy vocals and vaguely distinguishable lyrics. Production-wise, everything sits in the right place and creates an eerie but confortable dreamscape that allows the mind wander and demands multiple listens. If I had to draw allusions to what their sound is reminiscent of – I would definitely put you in touch with fans of The Radio Dept., Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Real Estate or steady doses of vintage C86/postcard British Indie (…yeah, Scotland unfortunately remains British)
This being the second (fantastic) single to arrive from their upcoming full length LP, I’m guessing we can expect these guys to hopefully produce one of what could possibly (I predict) to be one of the best new albums of the year from within the Danish kingdom. The Time Is Now is out on the 1st of next month and I’m anxious to hear what these guys can do over a full LP. In the meantime, you can visit their website and still get everything else they’ve put out for free. Looks like they have some concerts planned around the release In Copenhagen and Skive, however nothing…(AHEM bookers!)….booked yet for Aarhus in the distant future. I can only pray that changes and we get a visit. I’ll be there.