The Phoenix Foundation

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The Phoenix Foundation – ‘Bright Grey’

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OK, so The Phoenix Foundation have a lot to thank The Flaming Lips for, but seriously, have a listen to their sound album Pegasus and you’ll see this New Zealand six-piece can stand on their own. They’ve been on the receiving end of many plaudits from the music press, released three albums and scored the film Eagle vs Shark. So they’re doing pretty well for themselves.

Their latest record, Happy Ending, follows the Flaming Lips blueprint of pop more closely than their previous efforts, but they do it with a lot less weirdness. There’s a definite throwback to the psychedelica movement in their music, which lends it a sense of ethereality and escapism. Ahhhh……


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  1. Ryan

    March 13, 2008 9:43 pm

    They really are the best band in NZ, and have been for quite a while, but sadly they’ve been largely ignored in Oz. I saw them play the East Brunswick Club a little while back and they just totally kicked everyone’s arse. But their best record, I think, is the first one, Horse Power. It has so many great songs, super catchy pop hooks, layers of sounds and revelatory moments, but with less of the ‘flaming lips’ vibe talked about above.



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