Album review: The Phoenix Foundation, Fandango (Memphis Industries)


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For their follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Buffalo, New Zealand psych-poppers The Phoenix Foundation chose to ignore the “short-form game” of contemporary pop and make “Test Match music” – an indication of the double-album length of Fandango which, alas, also  hints at its yawning longueurs.

There are some lovely moments scattered throughout these dozen tracks - the wooden gamelan percussive bed of “Modern Rock”, the sleek funk-pop groove of “Evolution Did” – but virtually every piece is too leisurely  extended beyond its natural span.

Download: Modern Rock;  Black Mould; Evolution Did