Fever The Ghost
(Crab In Honey)
Psychedelic pop rock
Fitz and the Tantrums, The Flaming Lips, Rapture
We were turned on to Fever the Ghost by the artistically wondrous YouTube video of the track "Source." Take a gander at this video, it is well worth your time... imaginative to say the least. The Los Angeles psych pop band released their debut album via an EP which includes 18 minutes of glamorous synth and pop rock punch. Given our druthers we much prefer a full-length for a debut release and never understood the rationale in releasing an EP as your debut. This typically tends to scream that the band was too anxious and perhaps jumped the gun on the release. Taking a deep breath and putting out a full body of work is much more our speed. Today's inclination of releasing a single and seeing where it will fly may have something to do with this trend.
1. Calico 3:11
2. Source 4:19
3. A Parliament of Owls Determine the Fates of Greater Men No Less Than 5 Stories Above Us in A Dream 4:18
4. Crab In Honey 3:05
5. We'll Never Know The Place 4:00
Our quick summation of this one is that "Calico," "Source" and the closing track exceed our expectations delivering vibrant imagery. Fever the Ghost do a very nice job pulling in the influences of Fitz and Flaming and making it their own. The lead vocals are quirky and inviting while the combination of synths, guitar and percussion are exploratory and connected. Our favorite of the lot is the closing track, "We'll Never Know The Place" a very poignant acoustic ballad that provides some angelic background vocals. We appreciate the vulnerability and openness of this track. It works very well and really conjures up some heartfelt emotion. Our biggest critique, however , with Crab in Honey is that there are two mediocre tracks in "A Parliament of Owls…" and "Crab in Honey" the self-titled track. If we do the math correctly, that is 40% of the EP. Had they taken a deep breath and perhaps released a full body of work, these two tracks might be watered down and less of an issue. Nonetheless we have to rate the album on our enjoyment from start to finish and two blips right in the heart of the listen clearly impact our rating.
So hopefully we have saved you a little time. Burn tracks 1, 2, and 5 and put them in heavy rotation. Three tracks you will appreciate if you are fans of this genre. We look forward to Fever the Ghost's first full length release. - 9/21/2015
Standout Tracks: We'll Never Know The Place, Calico, Source