Miighty Flashlightby Miighty Flashlight
Recorded completely on his home computer, the ten-track debut from Mike Fellows' Miighty Flashlight is an acoustic-themed exodus that includes blipping beats, spacey noises, and the former Rites of Spring bassist doing his best Will Oldham impression. It's actually quite reminiscent of Beck's One Foot in the Grave era, but it's less showy of its obvious country roots while at the same time making clear Fellow's long association with artists on the Drag City label. The self-titled disc is a stripped-down and rebuilt affair that includes short and enticing instrumental numbers along with folky vocal tracks and arguably nonsensical lyrics. Miighty Flashlight is a completely American record, and while it doesn't fall into any of the already established genres with its combination of acoustic folk and programmed grooves, it is still commendable for its originality and recognizable honesty. This is an amazing debut for Fellows, and with any luck it will only be the first in a series of impressive creations from Miighty Flashlight. The singer has spent long years in the studio and on the road, but with this daring move into the spotlight he should be able to convince quite a few listeners that he is finally right where he belongs.
- Release Date:
- Jade Tree Records
Performance CreditsMiighty Flashlight Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsMike Fellows Composer
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This is stripped. Not Mike Fellows, thank God, but the sonic atmoshpere. Down to the bare essential acoustic guitar and rusty voice, Fellows plows through 10 tracks. Refusing to allow the cd to fall into any specific genre, he throws in pinches of country, emo, and indie. Please PLEASE do not think Dashboard Confessional when i say guitar, voice, and emo. This is way too good for that. Fellows' voice has a rambling quality to it (as opposed to Dashboard's high cry) and the guitars pluck along (as opposed to Dashboard's open tuning strum). Fellows is lyrically cryptic (with the cd booklet helping little to nil) but each phrase works within the musical context. His voice never gets past a matter of fact tone, but it works well. My only complaint is with the instrumental pieces he does. While they sound good at first, they can get a bit redundant without the vocals to lead them on. Regardless, this is a solid release i'd recomend for anyone who enjoys indie music... or even some emo (though, it may strech some emo kids musically and lyrically).