Album Review: Fang Island
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 06, 2012

  • Posted by: Amanda Scherker

The way the band Fang Island got its name is fitting. The musicians read the phrase "Fang Island" in an Onion article, and decided that it sounded just like the imaginary land where their music should to be played. Insightful choice, indeed; as their other-worldly, fantasy land-aesthetic is what makes the band simultaneously enchanting and a bit frustrating. Their child-like air of the ecstatic permeates their most recent album, Major sometimes with better results than others. Their lyrics are simple, and rely on lots of repetition, which isn't always necessary a bad thing. The track "I Wanna Understand" ends up being one of the simplest and best -- the looping is particularly pleasing to the ear.

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