Monday, December 24, 2012

Artist of the Day: Fawn and Rabbit

Earlier this year Fawn and Rabbit released one of the most surprising EP's of the year.  Alec Morgan produced one of the best releases of the year just using his voice, a guitar, a bass drum, and no recording experience.  Despite these logical limitations, The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere ended up sounding like a well produced and well crafted blend of the often over produced and over analyzed thrashing sounds of Led Zeppelin, the delightful harmonies of the Beatles earlier works, the best moments of Bob Dylan's protest folk, and even some of the most psychedelic Pink Floyd songs.  What Morgan lacked in resources he made up for in genuineness, creativity, skill, and intelligence. Instead of trying to create an album that matched the sounds of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan, Morgan found a way for those artists to match a creative sound that he had already envisioned.  His vision is all over The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere, an EP that proves not only that this all encompassing sound can still be produced, but that it can be produced using such limited resources. Morgan's work on The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere serves as final proof that even in the apocalyptic and technology driven days of 2012, the machines and the technology still aren't as important and as powerful as the human mind and the human creative spirit.  In that remarkable way, The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere was not just a remarkable EP, it was a powerful statement to all of the musical world that decided to listen.  A statement that said the musician is still more important to the machine.  Considering the times, this was one of the most powerful and profound statements of the musical year.

Even though The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere was one of the more powerful musical statements of 2012, it is logical to expect an even more powerful statement from Morgan in 2013.  According to Morgan, he will release the first album of a multi part collection of Fawn and Rabbit albums.  He promises that the albums will have a "more full sound" that represents his "fascination with pop culture" and "popular music."  Morgan says he wants to pattern his upcoming releases after Led Zeppelin's albums (Zeppelin I, II, III, IV) and that he is doing this so he can be guaranteed a "more full"  sound and to make sure that he is taking a "perfectionist approach."  Morgan also says that he will have more resources to ensure that he produces a "complete album."

With all of this news coming from Morgan, it is tough to not be absolutely stoked about the future of Fawn and Rabbit.  While The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere may have been a musical statement about the value of individual creativity, Morgan's upcoming full lengths albums promise to promote even more of that creativity.  Even though The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere was one of the more "full" releases of the year, Morgan's upcoming albums promise to present an even more full sound.  Even though The Long Trail That Leads To Nowhere was one of the more diverse albums of the year, Morgan's upcoming releases sound like they will be even more "far reaching." Even though Morgan perfected a sound many had tried to perfect for decades on his first EP, he is stretching that sound even further in his future albums.  His first EP may have been a statement, but his future releases promise to be an experience.  And this means Morgan's career is definitely not going to be a long trail that leads nowhere.


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