Local album reviews
Evan Welsh takes us through some new releases from brilliant acts in the Seattle-Tacoma area
Fang Chia: “Above Ground” (Tacoma, WA) Released Sept. 16
For Fans Of: Flying Lotus; BADBADNOTGOOD; John Zorn
“Above Ground” opens with a jazz-influenced groove and from there it never lets go. The newest album from Tacoma experimental rock band Fang Chia leads the listener through swirling tracks that fluctuate from straightforward grooves to moments of spontaneous experimentation and back again. One of this album’s greatest strengths is never letting the listener quite knowing where they will be taken next. At only 36 minutes, this album appears as though it might lack grandeur, but the six rollercoaster tracks fit about as much excitement as possible into the time given.
Familiars: “Digest Self” (Seattle, WA) Released Oct. 10
For Fans Of: Phil Collins; The Chameleons; Craft Spells, Future Islands