Overlooked Gem

Function, The Secret Miracle Fountain

Function.jpg Locust Music has one of the most eclectic rosters in the indie label world. Ambient beauty from Ethan Rose, Emily Dickenson-esque folk from Josephine Foster, and American hippies playing gongs in Amsterdam on Gamelan Son of Lion. Good stuff, all of it. But this little record seemed to get lost in the shuffle. I just dug my copy out last night and remembered what a beauty it is. As far as indie rock goes, Function really stretch out the boundaries of the genre. The basic song structures sound like the Wrens, but Function add ambient textures, field recordings of bird calls, and processed guitar to the mix, resulting in sonically intriguing indie rock records of the year. I doubt it will make many year-end lists, but it certainly deserves honorable mentions.

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