Cultfever is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based musicians TamaraJafar and Joe Durniak. Their self-titled and self-produced debut album, released November 1, 2011, has been rapidly generating buzz among indie music enthusiasts for its cinematic soundscapes and moments of unhinged romanticism. Within a week of its release music blogs such asThe Kollection, Music Ninja, and Music Savage were among the many to hail the debut while veteran music journalist Lorraine Ali (Spin, LA Times,Rolling Stone) commended the album for being cool and cohesive' and sublime as it is dynamic.' The glow of early reviews demonstrates a simple, essential truth about Cultfever: their strength is in their range.
Their talent for dynamic story-telling is clear from the moment the album opens with a dramatic drop into its first track, "Knewyouwell". Ghostly, soaring vocals thread over and under frenetic synth lines and a pulsing beat which propels the escapist anthem towards a surprise break into starkness and sparcity. The eight impeccably vivid tracks that follow present a refreshing and unruly inventiveness. Cultfever's songwriting harnesses a manic energy that explodes out of unexpected arrangementsit's addictive. In one instance, "Farm", the duo weave together psych-rock guitar licks, marching boots, slide whistles, triumphant strings, home-made synths, horns, and quietly seductivethough at times violentvocal stylings.
Cultfever's brand of genre-irreverant, intellectual-pop quirk generated one hell of a debut' (Bowlegs Music Review). The self-titled album is available online at iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.