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A dear friend of mine is currently travelling the long roads of Canada and I guess that I just stumbled over the perfect soundtrack for her being on the road: it is simply found on Midnight Fang by Voyager, a four-piece band heading from far back south, id est Alabama. Their music would’ve also been well allocated on the soundtrack of films such as Into The Wild or, if it would not have been all about the Jazz, it would have been the perfect musical background for the imagery of On The Road.
As we all know, the music of those roadmovies is always quite touching. It will mostly infect your musical heart with an urgent, strong need for freedom, fresh air and endless, beautiful landscapes. Et voilà, exactly what happens here.
God knows what these lads have done until now, but their first record Midnight Fang is devilishly brilliant. It sounds like a long journey itself, making all the way from the bedroom pop (Youth Lagoon) over the tender beat-infused minimalistic sound (The xx) to the shoegazy beats in Night Eyes which somehow even slightly remind you of some of the earlier pieces of Band Of Horses or even the rather subtle moments of early Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Meanwhile, No Hibernation is blinking with a heavy yawn and still sleep-dosed eyes while gently waking up with beats which could’ve also been found on Youth Lagoon’s debut LP The Year Of Hibernation.
Many influences and lines could be drawn, nonetheless Voyager rest in their own characteristic space, forming an unique sound which, besides naming all its possible ingredients, is hard to be described. Except of maybe saying that yes, this record is brilliant. Somewhat magnificently brilliant.
As a logical consequence: Highly recommended!
PS: Check out their bandcamp here.
Voyager - No Hibernation
Voyager - Riviera