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The Fierce and the Dead: Today’s Chill Pill

August 4, 2011

It’s 11 p.m. on a Wednesday night, so you know what that means here at HHM.

I do enjoy the more enigmatic photographs in the band's website gallery. Reminds me of Nine Inch Nails' "Ghosts" albums. Hell, now that I think about it, they kind of sound similar too.


Absolutely nothing. However I am dog tired from the work week and I need something to relax to. I found that in the form of The Fierce and the Dead. Their album, which is available for full stream above, is an exotic journey of ambient trance, noise exploration and calculable beat progressions; traveling to and fro like a free-wheeling cruise in your favorite car.

I suggest you at least play a few tracks while you read…

Falling somewhere between Pink Floyd and Explosions in the Sky, these compositions are liberated improvisations, unhindered by directions, but beautifully crafted for the most efficient musical travels. I don’t prefer to describe music like a wordy schmuck, but there’s not much more to go on here.

Comparably, the album for me is within the same vicinity as Broken Social Scene’s Feel Good Lost record, except completely instrumental. The instrumentation is finely crafted with glass-like clearness. While the band does stray into brief, heavier sections than BSS, the makeup is the same. It even features some saxophone, as BSS has been known to include horn sections.

Throw this on while you lay in bed, meditate, wash dishes, drive, whatever. Just throw it on.

Want more? Check out the band at these locales:

Twitter: @tfatd

Facebook Fan Page

The Fierce and the Dead Website

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