MP3: Fort Lean
  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Photo By Kyle Dean Reinford

Of the masses of bands to enter CMJ, only a few emerge unscathed as well as revered by the critical horde. A few were expected (Zola Jesus, etc.) but infinitely more pleasant are the unmitigated specks that somehow turn into audible buzz seemingly overnight. Enter Fort Lean, a five-piece from New York who caught the attention of, among others, The New York Times. The band is a self-described place you can go where "the weather is perfect all the time." There isn't a much better way to describe it.

Turns out the band is fronted by Keenan Mitchell, who many Launch Pad veterans might recognize as the drummer for Slam Donahue. Little did we know Mitchell had a stellar voice of his own, and his project Fort Lean, with its take on anthemic pop rock and casual, washed-out vocals that sound more optimistic than lazy. It's almost nuclear in levels of bliss. It's inspiring.

Grab their entire four-track EP for free (while you still can), especially the incredible, uplifting "Beach Holiday", a song that feels woefully misplaced relegated to a hole in Williamsburg.




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