The Foundry Field Recordings | Fallout Stations EP (Emergency Umbrella)

cd_foundryMore energetic then most of their material, "Transistor Kids" has something for everyone, with a resonance to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while the drums in the background rage on like battle drums.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fallout Stations EP, an extension of 2006's Prompts/Miscues, brings back the story of a world lost in destruction throughout the next century told in modern times through simple arrangements and indie-pop. Beginning right where Prompts/Miscues left off, Fallout Stations starts off with a moment of ambience to set the tone for the release. An eerie, almost calming piano mixed with electronic sounds leads the listener into a world that has been partially destroyed. Static soon exudes a transition, one that leads into soft vocals telling the tale, vocals that are almost completely washed out at first by sounds of confusion and later by that of acoustic guitar and an oddly loud tambourine.

The next song, "Buy/Sell/Trade," takes the release in a completely different direction with heavily distorted guitars and loud drums. The tone is happier and seemingly optimistic before further investigation. A song that sounds pleasant to the ears, with hooks in just the right spot, vocals that capture your attention and draw away from the message. These distractions almost define what Billy Schuh is singing about. A tone of exhaustion of the commercial world radiates, but the inability to fight it, as we are told, will ultimately win.

"Broken Strings," the self-proclaimed tearjerker from the band's last album, has been rehashed and turned into a masterpiece with the addition of both electric guitar, toy piano, and multiple other instruments. This new take adds extra emotions, and, if nothing else, will only gain more of the potential to pull on the heart strings of the listener.

The next track is a Frank Black cover, "Caribou." In a strange move, this is not sung by Schuh, but rather by drummer Benjamin Hook. If anything, this is the one oddball track that disrupts the release. I can understand how it could fit, but the fierce edge of the song diverts the feeling of lethargy that the rest of the EP is addressing.

One of the earliest releases by the Foundry was "Transistor Kids." Originally, this song was released under the band name Billy Schuh and the Foundry and was only available on the Emergency Umbrella Compilation album, but now it has worked its way back into the Foundry mix with a whole new take. This is by far my favorite song by the band for many reasons. The song begins with a strong sense of ambience that leads into indie-pop glory that uses catchy drums, distorted guitar (in the background), soothing baselines, and the perfect vocal timbre to capture the soul. More energetic then most of their material, "Transistor Kids" has something for everyone, with a resonance to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while the drums in the background rage on like battle drums.

The Fallout Stations EP overall is something to behold. Not quite as great of a masterpiece as Prompts/Miscues, Fallout Stations still holds a great deal of honesty that few other bands could capture. | Alex Hodschayan

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