Review: Mother Falcon - You Knew


I was losing faith in music and musicianship as a whole. I mean, who in this day and age wants to practice and practice and refine their song craft, put in their proverbial Malcolm Gladwell "10,000 hours" to the point where they're as competent as, say, Paul Simon or Arcade Fire or...Prince? Most bands (and people for that matter) stop and become content at being just kinda competent: "Yeah...these chords...I got it...they'll do me fine."  I mean, I've been in the studio with bands who are saying, "Why practice and get good?...Cuz we can just fix everything in pro tools."  But no, not today, that's not the philosophy in our latest indie music review. Because...

My faith in music was restored when I heard Mother Falcon. Imagine a young 20s something symphonic indie band of 18 + people (give or take the day). Add to this some of the most serious players (I'm talking serious muso level) and song makers within 500 square miles of Austin...and you have quite possibly this year's sleeper indie artist that will quietly sneak up on you and take over your itunes or Spotify collection. I mean, even NPR are calling them "Arcade Fire at their most anthemic."

Speaking of which...let's start with "Dirty Summer." If this isn't an indie anthem, then I don't know what is.


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I should note that probably my highlight of ALL SXSW 2013, and a Top 10 music moment for me in general, was witnessing a secret Mother Falcon 12am performance...under a bridge! No amps or PAs. Just acoustics and raw energy...50 candles and a hundred "in the know" Austin music fans. Awesome.

Seeing Mother Falcon live so many times now, I feel like I'm witnessing an early Arcade Fire or Sufjan Stevens. Another favorite from the album is "Marigold." Check it out here and remember to "fight Fight FIght FIGHT!!!!"

"When It Was Good" brings some americana hoe down meets indie vibes with another huge jam.

"Pink Stallion" opens the album brilliantly with delicate pizzacato string lines that opens to another alternative folk rock anthem...slipping backwards and forwards into brass, woods and string arrangements.

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One other thing I love about Mother Falcon is their modern counterpoint. Some songs have up to 5 melodies going on at the same time. So no, don't expect your normal indie album all. It would take a unique highly talented group of people not just to play this, but to dream it all up.

And then I also look at the Eagles factor. Yes, I said the Eagles. Huh? The Eagles were a band of five (but mostly three) amazing songwriters. Sometimes Glen Frey took the lead vocals. Sometimes it was Joe Walsh and sometimes Don Henley did most of the writing and would take over on "Desperado."  That's also something I'm amorous about Mother Falcon: you'll hear Nick Gregg or Claire Puckett or Tamir Khalifa taking over leads from song to song. Not only does it work, but it's great.

So, what's on the horizon? Look out for Mother Falcon's new album, You Knew, dropping May 7th. And RESIDENCIES!! They're coming to NYC to Joe's Pub in June and Largo in Los Angeles in August. If you live in NY or LA, you're in for a treat. And you should probably like their Facebook page to find out about the "secret" shows.

Oh, and more fun around the corner: keep an eye and ear open for Mother Falcon's cover album, reinterpreting Radiohead's OK Computer from start to finish. Coming later in the fall. Yeah, I know... Thom, if you're reading this, you're just going to have to wait.

Compliments of the band, you can get their last exceptional album, Alhambra, in exchange for an email on the band's website or you can preview the entire new "You Knew" album here. Score! 

Shout out to BitCandy Curator, Chris Chanity, who turned us on to the band like two years ago.  You da man...seriously.

Long live great music.