Megafaun – Heretofore [Album Review]

by Woody on September 22, 2010

There are a number of things that I love about Megafaun. I love the way they are able to blend simple folk with  ambitious experimental sounds. The way their music comes off as improvised, yet meticulous. The way that they can stretch tunes out over 5 minutes with minimal effort.

Their latest mini-album, Heretofore, combines all of these elements into six special songs. There’s “Eagle,” a sprawling six-plus minute rambling piece of freak-folk that has more wacky left turns than New Jersey. Then there’s the tune they played for us in the studio for our live session. “Volunteers” is one of the simpler songs that Megafaun has written, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. That day in the studio, while Joe was rummaging around for parts in effort to build a drum kit, Phil and Brad rehearsed the melody and chorus and it hooked us immediately. The chorus is still in my head to this day: “Sun light, silhouettes of dogwood trees, swayin’ all alone in the Carolina breeze.” When they played it all the way through, I realized that”Volunteers” may just be my favorite tune of the year.

Megafaun – Volunteers

Megafaun – Volunteers (HearYa Session)

Video: Megafaun – Volunteers (Live at Shirk Music + Sound for a HearYa Live Session)

Megafaun – “Volunteers” – HearYa Live Session 4/8/10 from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

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RW September 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Not trying to hijack this comment section, but where’s the review of Harlem River Blues.

It’s awesome, btw.

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