Phoenix Foundation: Horsepower
By Rick Hobbs
Wellington's Phoenix Foundation's much anticipated debut album is a collection of sparse melancholic ambient guitar songs and a result of their evolution from a rock band to a more acoustic entity. Released on rising label capital recordings and produced by Lee Prebble (The Blackseeds' Pushed), there's plenty of interesting sounds on the record. It is numbers like Sally, Lambs, St Kevin and the sublime Let Me Die a Woman where the Foundation really excel, due largely to the lush voices of Sam Scott and Luke Buda. A couple of their more punchier numbers a la The Drinker, voted last year's best unreleased song at the b.Net awards, would have made it even better for me, but in leaving them out they've created the soundtrack to one hell of a lazy afternoon in the sun. Bring on summer.