Schmancey

Schmancey

by Fancey
     
 

"Fancey" Schmancey -- you know, like Nilsson Schmilsson? Well, not exactly, but Todd Fancey's glorious obsession with '70s soft rock and sunshine pop isn't sullied in the least by a comparison to Nilsson's masterpiece of subversive pop. If anything, Fancey has gone out of his way to up the subversion factor on his second solo…  See more details below

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"Fancey" Schmancey -- you know, like Nilsson Schmilsson? Well, not exactly, but Todd Fancey's glorious obsession with '70s soft rock and sunshine pop isn't sullied in the least by a comparison to Nilsson's masterpiece of subversive pop. If anything, Fancey has gone out of his way to up the subversion factor on his second solo effort; the production and arrangements are gloriously user friendly, and Fancey's crew of like-minded musicians (including fellow New Pornographer Kurt Dahle) summon a sound as tight and emphatic as any crew of Los Angeles session heavyweights could deliver in the Golden Age. But between Fancey's eager embrace of an impressive variety of dangerous drugs on "Blue Star," the cheerful doom of "Lost in Twilight," the rocker's avarice of "Whoa," the creepy enthusiasm of "Heaven's Way"'s paean to Christian Conservatism, and the self-explanatory angst of "Karma's out to Get Me," this is album whose engaging surfaces cover a dark side as sure as the front cover artwork shows a sun-dappled garden hovering over the flames of Hell. But on Schmancey, the twist in the tale is part of the fun, and the undertow provides a ying that adds weight to the yang of Fancey's bright and superbly crafted pop tunes, powered by his stylistically malleable guitar work and period-appropriate keyboards. One might think being in one superb indie pop act would be enough, but Fancey's presence in the New Pornographers and on his own records suggest he's becoming a one-man dynasty of upbeat sounds with a nasty undercurrent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
What Are Records
UPC:
0744626009121
catalogNumber:
60091
Rank:
300231

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Performance Credits

Fancey   Primary Artist
Sara Lapsley   Piano,Vocals
Sean Ashby   Guitar
Kurt Dahle   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Ryan Dahle   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Howard Redekopp   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Megan Bradfield   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Todd Fancey   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals
Debora Cohen   Guitar
Del Cowsill   Vocals
Anastasia Siozos   Vocals
Paddy Ryan   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano
Susan Kovacs   Vocals
Phil Palazzollo   Synthesizer
Shaun Brody   Trumpet
Doug Naugler   Piano
Sara Lapsley   Piano,Vocals
Tom Dobrzanski   Piano,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Kurt Dahle   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Ryan Dahle   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Howard Redekopp   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pete Digiboy   Graphic Design
Todd Fancey   Composer,Audio Production

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