Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand

by Raising the Fawn

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Overview

Sleight of Hand

Raising the Fawn have a slightly roots-oriented foundation in much of their music, but what separates this album and this band from others is how singer and chief songwriter John Crossingham twists, kneads, and weaves layers of sounds and instruments into a cohesive whole. A perfect example of this is the opening "River of Gold," which never breaks out into a U2 or Coldplay epic but has that basic structure, making it instantly appealing. Meanwhile, "Roma/Amor" has a leaner structure that brings Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to mind with its dark, rumbling feel. The group then takes things down a notch for the sweeter, lovely "Two Wives," which has a simple melody and gorgeous Crowded House-ish harmonies, before returning to the pop realm with a rather barren, falsetto-driven "Focusfocusfocus," which doesn't quite work. What does work is the Kinks-like "You Are the Enemy," which concludes far too abruptly. Perhaps the highlight of the album is the adventurous "Cypress Fields," which sounds like some perfect mash-up of David Byrne and Interpol. But a close second is the rootsy singer/songwriter-ish "The Cliffdivers," which is in no rush to conclude. The lengthy gear-shifting and eventually rambling "A Lion in Winter" glides along as effortlessly as damn near everything else on this strong album.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Sonic Unyon Metal
UPC: 0621617011724
catalogNumber: 70117
Rank: 209732

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raising the Fawn   Primary Artist
John Crossingham   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Tuba,Drums,Vocals,Loops,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
Scott Remila   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Korg,cowbell,Guitar (Baritone),Microphone Stand,Group Member
Dylan Green   Percussion,Tuba,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ernest G Harris   Artwork
Raising the Fawn   Composer
Jon Drew   Remixing
John Crossingham   Composer,drum machine,Loop,Hands
Scott Remila   Hands

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