Portland, OR indie darlings, Fruition have been gaining serious momentum since their humble DIY days. Over the past 10 years, they have gone from street busking to their upcoming April tour supporting Jack Johnson. Known for their strident mix of folk and bluegrass, the group has decided to take a more polished step with their new studio album, Watching It All Fall Apart (LoHi Records), dubbed as “their most focused and sonically exciting full-length to date.” For the album, the group collaborated with producer Tucker Martine, known for working with My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, and Modest Mouse, creating a well-crafted album that seamlessly blends hearty soulful lyrics with a glossy psychedelic exterior.
Highlights include the band’s signature three-part harmony, where singer-songwriters’ Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, and Mimi Naja, blend their voices to create a unique mix of gritty tranquility. Recorded over a 10 day period, the album’s themes of love and loss are punctuated with jangling notes of hope. “The songs are mostly breakup songs,” stated Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone – we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.” This is perfectly executed on tracks like “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” and “Northern Town.”
Fruition’s fifth album shows off a sound more textured, mature and nuanced than ever before, as they transition from a string-based act to a full-fledged rock and roll outfit. Fruition hits the area March 20th for a show at Brooklyn Bowl – the night promises to be one of high-energy and quality musicianship. Openers include powerhouse bassist Karina Rykman, of Marco Benevento Trio fame, with her solo group The Karina Rykman Experiment and NY-based electronic funk sextet Polyvamp.
Photo Credit: Jessie McCall
Words by Corinne Casella
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