It’s interesting listening to Kyle Forester solo efforts, particularly when you’ve spent a great deal with his projects like Crystal Stilts or Cinema Red and Blue. Those acts had this inherent fuzziness, carefully hiding Forester’s pop sensibility. But, as with his first solo LP, his forthcoming album seems to have this laser-focus on just the craft of great songs. Here, it feels as if you’re sort of taking a walk through Kyle’s world as he ruminates on all the beautiful things he’s come across in his life; the guitar lines are patient, as his vocal delivery, allowing you to melt into the tune. There’s a clarity in this song, which indicates the promise of Hearts in Gardens, out on February 21st.
While Fortuna Pop has called it a day, they remain ultra classy by releasing everything they promised to their Singles Club…such as this Cinema Red and Blue gem. I’ve been a fan of Comet Gain, so having David Feck writing new ditties never seems like a bad idea to anyone…not to mention the involvement of other great acts like Pale Lights and Crystal Stilts. Not sure if this will be the last release we ever get to enjoy from Fortuna Pop, but if so, its great to see it going out with one last incredible pop dosage.
Our friend Kevin’s probably going to hate the fact that I can’t get over my infatuation with all things Comet Gain related, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for the band. However, this track only features part of the group, as well as members of Crystal Stilts, so that should garner me some hipster cred, right? The track below is from the Butterbean Crypt EP, which was released only in the UK on Fortuna Pop, but it’s still worth hyping one of my favorite songwriters, David Feck. This track here is a lot more aggressive than previous works, and seemingly unites some of the Stilts psych tendencies. Definitely a nice addition to the group’s brief history.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Walkin-To-The-Cemetery.mp3]
Download: Cinema Red and Blue – Walkin’ To The Cemetery [MP3]
Honestly, this has been one of our most anticipated records for some time, ever since word hit the streets that members of Crystal Stilts and Comet Gain would unite to create Cinema Red and Blue. While this might just be a brief off-shoot for all those involved, it’s got the feel of a classic record that will only get better as time goes by.
One of the members that needs mention here, as he’s the primary vocalist, is David Feck. He’s always been able to carry tracks entirely on the foundation of his voice, much as he does on “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough,” the opening track on Cinema Red and Blue. But, just as you think he’ll do it all alone, the band kicks in just shy of the 2 minute mark, jangling their way to a solid ending, while Feck’s vocals strain to grab every drop of emotion.
Then you’ll hit the trilogy of “Ballads,” all named for different interests, and its the wordplay of Feck that wins out, as it usually does. For instance, there’s something clever about the way he puts together “we’re trying hard to sound like the Swell Maps/what a terrible name for a pop group,” during “Ballad of a Vision Pure.” It’s not just his word slinging that’s clever, but his delivery has the perfect amount of inflection and soul to win listener’s over. There’s something about his tone too, especially in “Ballad of a Bus Stop” when its accompanied by a female counterpart.
Cinema Red and Blue isn’t entirely about David Feck, however. While you can see the homage to their bands, with flourishes of indie pop and psychedelic darkness, they also pay tribute to their favorites, such as Vic Godard, Julian Cope and the Chills. One that everyone is sure to like is the group’s cover of “Same Mistakes” by Godard. Their version was released as the first single on the record, and its filled with a bit of electronic organ and low-tempo jangle. It doesn’t hurt that David gets to match his vocals up either with another soft female vocal. Listening, its odd how the band doesn’t seem to try at all with what their doing; its a casual affair of great songwriters, which inevitably wins us all over.
Something about this record just seems so precious, even though its not even a week old. Every song, every note, really hits home as you listen. There’s a familiarity to it that quickly attaches itself to your ears and heart. That female follow up vocals in “Love in the Altitude” just hits home. Or maybe the mellow mood of “Charlie Clarke” is more your style. What’s clear is that you can find something beautiful, or you should, in every single track here. While the members all have their respective projects going on, coming across an album as special as this definitely makes you yearn for more. At least we’ll always have that one perfect record created for us all by Cinema Red and Blue.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/08-Same-Mistakes.mp3]
Download: Cinema Red and Blue – Same Mistakes [MP3]
Odds are you haven’t heard much about Cinema Red and Blue, yet many of you will be familiar with the players. The group, which is said to be just a brief project, is comprised of members of jangle-pop darlings The Comet Gain and dark post-punk outfit Crystal Stilts. Upon playing together, they created a beautiful collection of songs that will likely live on in the canon of underground music for years to come. Personally, David Feck’s voice will always hit me right in the heart, and I hope it does the same for you. The self-titled album will hit stores on September 28th via the hard-working folks over at Whats Your Rupture?. I can hear this playing around my house for years to come.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/08-Same-Mistakes.mp3]
Download: Cinema Red and Blue – Same Mistakes [MP3]