Introducing: Fairfax, AK
Fairfax, AK are one of those folks bands that create hushed music, but spend a lot of their time making up for the milquetoast timbre of their songs with an underlying, building tension. They remind me a lot of the (former?) Minneapolis band Absent Arch, who also took a straightforward formula and pumped it full of vitriol. Their new nine-song LP, love stories and picture shows, is soft around the edges and easy to melt into in the late hours of the night. While the majority of the record is reserved and tranquil, Fairfax ramps up the tempo when called for, including in the charging Drive by Trucker-esqe guitar work of “Frankie Last Year” and build-up and release on “Just Fine.” Mostly, though, the album is best for those who enjoy the meditative piano and simple acoustic guitar. Songs like “My Father’s Lullaby” and the title track are pleasantly placid, the latter of which fades out with a wistful vocal melody and a stomp-and-clap beat that disappears into the ether. The group celebrates the release of the record (which you can stream below and download for “name your price”) tonight with a release show at the Nomad (with Reviler Two-Year Anniversary alums Fire in the Northern Firs).