Roots/Folk/Americana (New York City)
The Felice Brothers’ natural but fast rise in the music world started when the three eldest Felice boys took their folksy backporch ramblings to the Big Apple, where they lived in an old bus and busked for food money. Once in the studio and on club stages, their career took off fairly quickly — U.K. and European tours; a U.S. jaunt opening for Bright Eyes; a fair share of glowing critical acclaim for their recordings. But when The Bros. signed with the esteemed Fat Possum Records for this year’s Celebration, Florida, what was most evident was the group’s fast-track creative advancements and eagerness to experiment — as if The Beatles had recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” took a tea break, then came back and laid down Sgt. Pepper, followed by The White Album, after dinner. Bursting with a sense of restlessness and release, an assortment of moods and imaginative augmentations (even Electro and Acid Jazz flourishes) combine to make Celebration a headtrip in every key.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Surrealistic fever-dream Pop mash-up of Pink Floyd, Wilco, Dylan’s better recent work, Massive Attack, Elephant 6 greatest hits, The Jayhawks, LCD Soundsystem and The Arcade Fire (and that’s just on the track “Ponzi.”) (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ “The Felice Brothers have captured the decay and corruption of contemporary America in dazzling, sickening fashion.” (The Onion AV Club)
~ “...like a series of character sketches drawn behind the scenes at a decrepit carnival, set to after-hours folk blues as raw and unhinged as the subject matter.” (Spin)
~ “The Felice Brothers venture out of the norm by trying to do Americana music with synths and keyboards, and as they tell us, the results proved rather interesting.” (Pop Matters)