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.

7 Replies to “A Fine Frenzy”

  1. Amanda says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

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