Fire On Fire / Orchard, The
Album: Orchard, The   Collection:General
Artist:Fire On Fire   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Young God Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-03-15 Pull Date: 2009-05-17
Week Ending: May 17 May 10 May 3 Apr 19 Apr 12 Apr 5 Mar 29 Mar 22
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 02, 2013: Happy Hour (Coverin' for PACC on Laobr Day)
Hartford Blues
4. May 13, 2009: The Songsmith Show
2. Sep 09, 2010: Happy Hour
Hartford Blues
5. May 06, 2009: The Songsmith Show
Squeeze Box, Toknight
3. May 17, 2009: The Neil Diamond Center for Enhanced Radio Programming
6. Apr 30, 2009: in the groove
Hartford Blues

Album Review
Walter E. Gough
Reviewed 2009-03-05
What happens when an indie-rock band regroups and decides to make a folk record? You get the confluences of song styles and acoustic multi-instrumental playing on Fire on Fire’s The Orchard. Roma fiddles, blue-grass banjos, harmonium, mandolins harmonized folk vocals make up the eclectic sound. Three members used to be in Cerberus Shoal. The album is only available online at Michael Gira’s label (Swans) or through online downloads (e.g. not in record stores). I have a hard time picking favorites, so play any and all of the tracks.
Fun Fact: The members all lives together in a big blue house in S. Portland, ME across from green oil tank #28.
All FCC clean.
***1. (5:10) Group sung chorus over Balkan rhythms.
**2. (4:31) Banjo and harmonium mid-tempo melodious song with males lead vocals.
***3. (6:15) Sweetly sung song with dark lyrics ala Neutral Milk Hotel.
4. (4:07) Slow paced banjo picking with tenor male vocals and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? choruses.
* 5. (5:28) Slow and simple melody on guitar adds acoustic accompaniment and one voice after another.
6. (3:31) Upbeat number with humming chorus and strong harmonium backing.
***7. (6:12) Picked melody line and folk-blues rhythm give way to heavy chess puns choruses.
*8. (4:13) Of course, “Squeeze Box” features the harmonium along with honey-dripped female vocals.
9. (4:24) Group sung track with down-tempo instrumentation.
**10. (5:03) Slow driving rhythm with beautiful harmonizing. Like a mixed-gender Fleet Foxes.
11. (4:44) Mournful male vocals belt out over slowly pumped harmonium and quickly strummed mandolin.
12. (8:37) Hypnotizing slow drone of strummed upright bass and percussion with high and lofty female vocals. Halfway through it, a baby cries.

Track Listing
1. Sirocco   7. Toknight
2. Heavy D   8. Squeeze Box
3. Assanine Race   9. Flight Song
4. The Orchard   10. Grin
5. Flordinese   11. Tsunami
6. Hartford Blues   12. Haystack