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Review: Fictionist, “Fictionist”

No Comments 5 October 2014

Review: Fictionist, “Fictionist”

“Fictionist has pieced together a surprising, creative, and truly interesting collection of songs to listen to, and they’ve done so with the intent of a band that is making music just for themselves. We’re along for the ride. It’s an impressive, assertive, dark and twisty gem of an album.”

Artist: Fictionist

Album: Fictionist

Genre: Electro Rock

RIYL: Young the Giant, Imagine Dragons, Peter Gabriel, MGMT

Fictionist

“Like Peter Gabriel in a garage.” This is the first line that jumps off the page in this Provo, Utah band’s promotional blurb. It’s hard to argue with that assessment. Fictionist is a genuinely charming amalgamation of pop-rock sounds and influences, plumbing the depths of some of the most solid acts of today (think MGMT or Young the Giant) and marrying them with the stylistic mastery of artists like the aforementioned Gabriel and the emotional depth of a lyricist like Elliott Smith.

The throwback, 90s-era pop sensibility comes shining through - along with some truly transporting vocal work and wonderfully worked-over keyboard skills - on every track. The strong “Cut String Kite” sets up the album perfectly by giving the listener easy, relatable access to their sound. It becomes very clear after this point that Fictionist are more than ready for their turn in the spotlight with the string of radio-ready songs that follow. In particular, there’s “Free Spirit” and “Lock and Key,” proof positive that these gents are able to walk that tightrope between mainstream appeal and artistic uniqueness.

There is also a tendency to reach deeper and darker with the incredibly sexy, Spoon-meets-Prince (yeah, I just said that) grooviness that lifts “Statue in the Stone” up as an album favorite. I couldn’t gush enough over this track and the wonderful dichotomy it sets up with “Miss You,” which offers up yet another chance to show off the sparse-but-singularly-spectacular vocals. “Can’t Get Enough” is another home run; filling the progression gap between the previous track’s slowdown with the fresh, heavier sound of “Give It Up,” which would be right at home on any modern radio station worth its salt.

When “Leave the Light On” follows, it creates even more of an impact with a more vulnerable, emotionally raw and much simpler sound. But it’s the closing track, “City at War,” that leaves a lasting impression. It’s a slow swell that gathers steam (and allows each band member to shine) employing a pleasing groove and jamming in some truly satisfyingly loud guitars before it leaves you wanting more. And you will want to hear more.

Fictionist has pieced together a surprising, creative, and truly interesting collection of songs to listen to, and they’ve done so with the intent of a band that is making music just for themselves. We’re along for the ride. It’s an impressive, assertive, dark and twisty gem of an album. I’m a huge fan; this is the kind of album that breaks a band. I have no doubt Fictionist is proud of this material, they play with unadulterated abandon and you feel liberated just listening to it. Go listen to this. You won’t be sorry.


Fictionist website: http://www.fictionist.com/

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