A Fine Frenzy

17 September 2007 · 7 comments

Serendipity is a wonderful thing. Some of the best things in my life have come through chance encounters. Here’s a new Seattle band called A Fine Frenzy, which features 22-year-old Alison Sudol. I love her music. Apparently I was meant to hear it, as it came at me from three discrete and varied sources last weekend.

So far my favorite song of the bunch is “Rangers”:

A Fine Frenzy — Rangers (live)

A Fine Frenzy — Rangers

I like “You Picked Me”, too.

A Fine Frenzy — You Picked Me

Actually, I like just about everything I’ve heard from her.

A Fine Frenzy — Almost Lover

Here are some others:

A Fine Frenzy — Whisper

A Fine Frenzy — Come On, Come Out

A Fine Frenzy — Lifesize

A Fine Frenzy has an album out: Once Cell in the Sea. I recommend it highly.

1 Amanda September 17, 2007 at 14:45

Wonderful recommendation. I hear a dash of Regina Spektor in there and a sprinkle of Coldplay (the piano mostly). I’ve not heard of this group before but feel compelled to buy the album.

2 Paul September 17, 2007 at 18:03

The album Once Cell in the Sea is available fairly cheaply on iTunes ($7.99). Just don’t read the album review–it is harshly negative.

3 jdroth September 17, 2007 at 18:17

Ouch. That review is harsh. To be fair, the songs do all sound similar. If you like that sound, that’s fine. If you don’t, you’re in trouble. I don’t know Coldplay enough to know if they’re a big influence here. I’m actually reminded me of Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” and other similar late-90s female alt-rock. (Sarah McLachlan comes to mind, for example.)

I’ve been listening to “Rangers” all afternoon. The lyrics remind me of Kate Bush. This song would work well alongside “Wuthering Heights”.

4 Lisa September 17, 2007 at 21:32

I accidentally started two windows with “You Picked Me.” The result was almost a canon; knowing so little about their music, I believed my ears for a few bars before sorting it all out.

5 Dave September 18, 2007 at 07:48

Very much like a female version of Coldplay. “Lifesize” sounds like it IS a Coldplay song. There are some shades of Everything But the Girl in here, too, so it doesn’t surprise me that JD likes it.

6 Jeff September 18, 2007 at 17:27

JD played one of the songs when I was in his office yesterday, and my first thought was, “Hmm… sounds like Coldplay” — until the female voice made its appearance. Then I thought, “Some new band doing covers of Coldplay songs?”

7 Amanda October 11, 2007 at 13:48

A Fine Frenzy’s “You Picked Me” is the free download of the day at Starbucks!

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