Megafaun – Gather, Form and Fly [Album Review]

by Woody on August 10, 2009


The other day, I was driving back a meeting and was listening to Megafaun’s phenomenal new LP, Gather, Form and Fly. I was immediately overwhelmed by its stunning beauty and brilliance. I liked their previous release, Bury The Square, but this is in another league. The songs are tighter, better written and the instrumental interludes that pop up are more provocative and creative.

The second song,”Kaufman’s Ballad,” features the Cook brothers, Phil & Brad, and Joe Westerlund doing their best Crosby, Stills & Nash impersonation on a haunting tune that is built around a simple banjo riff and fleshed out with some fiddle & percussion. Some might take “simple” as derogatory description, but it’s unobtrusive and allows the harmonies to shine and take center stage.

The next song is “The Fade,” a sad tune brimming with melody. A couple of tracks later, they bust out an electric guitar and do a backwoods blues thing on “Solid Ground.” Its a slow burner that lacks the harmonic beauty featured on “Kaufman’s Ballad,” but features more passionate vocals. The song kind of morphs into a rhythmic water pattern that leads into some sort of bizarro hymn. To be honest, I don’t know what the hell they were doing but I like the way it fits the album.

As many know, the boys moved to North Carolina from Wisconsin as part of a band that included Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). Since the split, Bon Iver has become the blog darling of indie music. Megafaun is now deserving of the praise of media and fans alike with one of the best and most adventurous releases this year in Gather, Form and Fly.

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Megafaun – Kaufman’s Ballad

Megafaun – The Fade

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

oddbodkins August 11, 2009 at 7:05 am

This one quickly is moving up my “Best of 09” list.

oz August 15, 2009 at 7:52 am

Never fails. Write about a band with beards and oddbodkins comments like clockwork.

Valerie H. April 25, 2010 at 10:25 am

I can’t stop listening to “The Fade.” Sad, catchy melody, moving… Sort of like the Avett Bros.

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