Eternal Fair, consisting of Andrew Vait (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Chris Jones (bass/vocals), and Daniel Nash (drums/vocals), refuses to conform to genre boundaries by mixing pop, psychedelic rock and beach-y ballads. They recorded their debut EP, Eternal Fair, Vol. 1, in the basement of their former bassist in two days. The impressive and stunning record shines despite the short timeframe and rustic production methods.
The album opens with upbeat, bubbly guitar riffs backed by playful drums that stir up an irresistible urge to dance. A mere three and a half minutes later, the band enters a dark, eerie world dominated by a moog-like sound. Eternal Fair transitions between the two flawlessly, showcasing their musical flexibility. Their instrumental skills expand over various styles and their exquisite harmonic vocals combined with Vait’s immaculate songwriting make Eternal Fair irresistible.
Vait resurrects the long lost art of musical storytelling without being pigeonholed into a specific style maintaining Eternal Fair’s musical independence and ingenuity. “White Dream” raises the inevitable question: What is out there? A twinge of inspiration to join in Vait’s wondering is enhanced by an epic, soaring guitar solo through the bridge. The highlight of the track, and the entire EP, really, is the pure harmonies the trio produces. Vait’s falsetto vocals backed by Jones and Nash on “Brightest Star” trigger memories of The Beach Boys.
Eternal Fair is a force to be reckoned with on the Seattle scene and beyond. Eternal Fair, Vol. 1’s range of emotion and genre-bending sound proves that this band is talented and versatile. Seattle is known for their music scene which has brought us Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden among many others (Sir Mix-A-Lot anyone?). Eternal Fair should be added to that list of fantastic Northwest bands. Do not be surprised when Seattle starts bragging about this musical act.
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