The Spider Ferns
EP Review: Safety
There’s a lot of love in my ears right now. On the heels of their 25th wedding anniversary, local duo Alton and Kelly Fleek of The Spider Ferns are releasing Safety, a five-song EP follow up to 2015’s full length Soon Enough. Having seen the band live several times, their undeniable musical chemistry reads clearly on record, via haunting layers of electronic beats, live strings and Kelly’s sensual, eerie vocals. The duo has once again created a passionate set of down-tempo, experimental magic with an undeniable groove.
Title track “Safety” will take you on a jazz-club vibe one minute and a space-rock trip the next, in typical Spider Fern fashion, frustrating categorization and focusing on the organic needs of the instrumentation. There are swerving guitars, deep bass, expanding atmospheres here that create a sense of other-worldly rhythm. It’s a rhythm fit for both lying on the ground beneath a blanket of stars, in touch with the earth, and dancing, eyes closed in a dark club.
The spot-on details of each track are accompanied by a lyrical focus on human fragility. And in the face of, well, everything, the opening refrain, “And when the world falls off your shoulders, you will grow more sublime” from “Worlds Will Fall” is a perfectly balanced reminder of the human condition.
Catch these five carefully-edited, trip-rocking tracks along with a sweet-as-ever showing when The Spider Ferns celebrate the EP release – along with Erik Blood, Midday Veil and DJ Explorateur – Thursday, January 28th at Chop Suey.
$7 ADV / $10 DOS / Doors 8PM / 21+
Safety Track Listing:
In The Silence
Worlds Will Fall
In Violet Bloom [Featuring Audiosapian]
Review by Stephanie Dore