FatCat signs Forest Fire; ‘Staring At The X’ to be released in October
FatCat is excited to add New York City's Forest Fire to the roster, and to announce the release of their second album, Staring At The X, on October 17th (UK) and October 18th (US).
With their sophomore record, Forest Fire make an electrifying leap forward from the "cosmic Americana" of their lauded debut, 'Survival', which was named one of 2009's top ten albums by Rough Trade Shops, and album of the year by La Blogotheque.
Their new ambition pays dividends. 'Staring At The X' brings together swaggering, guitar-led breakdowns that recall NYC forebears VU or Television (the band's recent live performances, especially, bring to mind the Velvets with long-form, restless "Sister Ray"-style extended jams) with romantic, darkly insistent British new-wave-styled pop; even Floyd - worthy extended space-outs make an appearance, particularly in sinister, doom-motorik album centerpiece "They Pray Execution Style."
First preview track "Future Shadows" foregrounds a driving mix of organic and electronic percussion and bass pop alongside Thresher's vocal, delivering death-reflective lyrics like the eerie, knowing "like shadows, we'll leave/when the time comes," bolstered by a thrumming float of synth and searing guitar punctuations. Check it out HERE
Forest Fire were originally discovered by tastemaking blogger Ryan Catbird after he randomly downloaded some of their music on a filesharing site because he liked the band name. He released their debut album, 'Survival', on his own label in 2008; Infinite Best reissued it in the US in 2009 (with Broken Sound and Talitres handling Europe). La Blogotheque declared Survival its top record of the year in 2008, calling it "raw and powerful... like a drug-hazed stroll through the history of song." Upon its 2009 reissue, Rough Trade Shops declared 'Survival' one of the top ten records of the year, along with the likes of The xx, Grizzly Bear, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Animal Collective; in their writeup, the indie shop giant called the record "an absolute revelation." FatCat plan to reissue 'Survival' in early 2012.
Forest Fire has spent much of the years between releases touring, crossing Europe three times last year - once supporting Phosphorescent, and twice headlining their own shows and playing festival dates, including the UK's End Of The Road and France's Route Du Rock. They've shared stages with the likes of Sharon Van Etten (who contributed guest vocals to Survival), Xiu Xiu, Papercuts, Gang Gang Dance, Psychedelic Horseshit, Anna Calvi, Julianna Barwick and Cass McCombs, among others.
Forest Fire will be touring the US and UK widely in support of 'Staring At The X'.