Thursday 19 January 2017

Album Review: Fruit Bats * * * *

Tripper (Sub Pop)

Published 29/07/2011 | 05:00

Appearing almost by stealth and unencumbered by hype, this fifth album from US fringe attraction Fruit Bats is one of the loveliest albums you may hear this summer.

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Tripper boasts one blissed-out track after the next and captures, in the words of frontman Eric Johnson, that "bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself".

Thom Monahan -- best known for his work with Vetiver/Devendra Banhart -- provides a masterful, occasionally lush, production that showcases Johnson's delicate falsetto.

Throughout, the band's storytelling qualities are apparent, not least on the highly evocative Tony the Tripper.

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