The Forest - Of Confidence
Review by Kristen Fisher
The band consists of D. Benjamin Cline (Vocals/ Bass), Connor Magee (Vocals/Instrumentation), James Woolsey (Guitar), Matthew W. Taylor (Guitar/Instrumentation) and Conner Runia (Drums).
As the first track “Astoria” plays, the clear vision of instrumental progression keeps you listening. “Nineteen” edges on the post-core style affiliated with the great late 90’s and early 2000’s and as soon as it comes out of your speakers, you know you’ve found an anthem. Of Confidence is reminiscent of that time, all the while having a sophisticated appeal that gives you a reason to have faith in pop punk all over again.
“Burnt” is one of the heaviest tracks with a mixture of vocals between D. Benjamin Cline and the lovely female singer, Kamber Kigin.
“Circles” hits the emotional substance about losing what you have and what you gave away. It teeters between a full on background of distortional applause to a stripped down acoustic echo that gives you goose bumps; all the while building towards the end that erupts into a chorus of several.
The last three songs combine a more natural state, from decaying buildings to the surroundings that we grew up with here in the Northwest; adding a haunted ethereal effect that continues to ring out even after you’ve finished listening.
Heir Craft - Auditory Fabric
Mixing Christian lyrics with some wildly creative beats, Los Angeles-based duo, Auditory Fabric, has made a brave attempt with their debut album Heir Craft. Members Justword and Bondservant put together a space-themed project with most of the production handled by Justword. Guest appearances include Patch Martin, Chad Jones and Alex Faith.
The record starts off with a one minute intro fittingly called “Rocketship: Boarding”. “Goodyear” sets the upbeat mood for what’s to come, featur- ing a solid beat and a vocal loop as its melody. Next comes “Invite Only,” which is the first track of many, to employ pitched down vocals while “Foreign Dose” shows off a very intricate beat. “Colors of the Rainbow” has a gospel touch, accentuated by an organ melody and soulful sung vocals in the bridge. The album hits a somber and personal spot with “Visiting Hours,” whose lyrics describe the narrator’s attempt to get a troubled young woman to turn to God for help. The mood doesn’t last as “Bottom of the 9th” picks it up. One of the strongest tracks, it features a trumpet fanfare sample reminiscent of those found in old Spanish films. “Apollo 66: Launch,” a short interlude, comes just before the final stretch. Title track, “Heir Craft,” keeps its anthemic hook at the forefront with “Fly High” continuing the vibe to the very end.
Photo by Jessica Deeks Interview by Janet Adamana
Fresh off a trip to Tanzania, Africa, HIGHS guitarist, Doug Haynes, had the itch to write. So he wrote and wrote and turned these new experiences and impressions into one of 2013’s catchiest feel good albums.
He spoke with SPF about Toronto’s indie-pop scene, traveling and their new self-titled album.