Tuesday 12 December 2017

Album Review: Fruit Bats * * * *

Tripper (Sub Pop)

John Meagher

John Meagher

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.

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.

Burn it: Tony the Tripper

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