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Fyfe Dangerfield - Fly Yellow Moon

Fyfe Dangerfield, Fly Yellow Moon

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

IT’S taken us a while to catch up with Fyfe Dangerfield’s brilliant solo debut album, Fly Yellow Moon, but the wait has been worth it.

Released in January by the Guillemots frontman, the album is quite possibly one of the finest, most uplifting records you’re likely to hear for the next 12 months.

What’s more, its conception came about during “snatched moments” in Dangerfield’s life – whether before sound checks, or going out in the evening – and celebrates the formation of a new relationship… through to its uncertain climax.

Influences abound, from Lennon and McCartney through to Simon & Garfunkel and even Jeff Buckley. But there’s a very definite sense of Dangerfield’s own identity, as well as his passion for sweeping string movements married to shimmering pop moments, and even stripped down acoustic ones.

The album never skips a beat, whether it’s the euphoric opening track When You Walk In The Room, which comes alive with a mix of snappy beats, banjo and guitar licks and giddy chorus sentiment: “I want you endlessly.”

But then Dangerfield doesn’t apologise for being so upbeat, saying: “I can’t help it if I’m happy, I can’t help it if I don’t want to be sad.”

He can be… though. The tender Barricades emerging as one of the more stark contrasts, and opening with a piano arrangement that recalls the intimacy of Hallelujah.

But Dangerfield doesn’t even know how to wallow in sorrow without bringing some brightness. Another single, Faster Than The Setting Sun, was inspired by an argument and a realisation that this is life… yet unfolds amid a flurry of rousing guitars and drum loops, before rushing into a powerhouse chorus. It’s a cracking song.

But then, like we said, the album is loaded with them. Livewire is another beauty, a stripped down acoustic offering that recalls the lush, heartfelt style of modern day troubadours such as Joshua Radin, while Firebird recalls Buckley in his prime.

There’s a staggering beauty to the opening refrains of Don’t Be Shy, which recalls another classic slice of songwriting (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), before final track Any Direction ends things on a really fine note… mixing uncertainty lyrically with an upbeat, shiny pop disposition capable of having you singing along to its “this could go in any direction” chorus.

Yep, Dangerfield has created an absolute classic that’s guaranteed to brighten your life.

Read our interview with Fyfe Dangerfield

Download picks: When You Walk In The Room, Barricades, Faster Than The Setting Sun, Livewire, She Needs Me, Don’t Be Shy, Any Direction

Track listing:

  1. When You Walk In The Room
  2. So Brand New
  3. Barricades
  4. High On The Tide
  5. Faster Than The Setting Sun
  6. Livewire
  7. Firebird
  8. She Needs Me
  9. Don’t Be Shy
  10. Any Direction