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Sound. Color. Motion.
Artist: Farewell Flight
From the research I’ve done, it seems I’m a bit late to the party where Farewell Flight is concerned. _Sound.Color.Motion_. has been around in some form for quite some time, and the band has spent the last three years as road warriors trying to build a fanbase in a DIY fashion. Embracing the “we’re a band that happens to be made up of Christians” ethic, rather than the “we’re a Christian band” approach seems to give them a bit more freedom and possibly more depth lyrically as a result.
“A Lullaby for Insomniacs” presents the idea that “hurt people just keep hurting people”, and is reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie circa 2004. “Widower” falls in the Keane/Snow Patrol slot, while “Over” is somewhat the same, although the vocals feature the occasional Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) yelp.
“Phones” deals with pain of leaving, while “Sailor’s Mouth/Dragons” bridges the gap between Mat Kearney and Coldplay, with a staccato rap interlude, and lines like “all I need to fall in love is a heart.” “Cruel” is an emo-ish track about childhood memories, and dealing with defense mechanisms and hardened hearts. “The Usual Vernacular” is a cool bass driven number, while “America Will Break Your Heart” resembles Wilco or Chicago indie band Riviera.
My reticence in hearing this disc caused me to miss a local concert of theirs in March – their myspace page reveals they’ll be back in June. With one more paying customer in attendance. One of the best discs I’ve heard this year.
Brian A. Smith