new release: The Felice Brothers- Celebration Florida (2011)

Listening to new track ‘Ponzi’, all we can assume is that The Felice Brothers have taken a totally different direction for their new record. From its very beginning, there is evidence that ‘Ponzi’ doesn’t belong anywhere in the band’s back collection- its pulsing kick drum and jazzy piano creating a much darker ambiance than anything the band have offered before. Hearty synth lines and danceable, dare I say grimy bass lines certainly provide a different feel from the joyous folk melodies that shot these New Yorkers from subway busking to a deal with Fat Possum. However, the collective charm that ran through their acoustic work remains on show, and after three relatively similar records, maybe it was time for a change. Catch Celebration, Florida on May 10th and listen to both ‘Ponzi’ and an unreleased personal favourite from the band’s past.

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