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The Phoenix Foundation - The Phoenix Foundation - Merry Kriskmass EP Review

15 Feb 2010 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
Christmas, thank goodness it is over. This is not to say that the sentiment is unappreciated. It is just the amount of sentiment that is wedged into one, single day that makes it, well, frankly impossible to really enjoy. The Phoenix Foundation have inspired a solution to another disappointing Christmas in the form of their 2009 EP Merry Kriskmass. They have packed together a little gem that has captured the spirit of the holidays and translated it into the perfect road trip companion, to be enjoyed throughout the whole of the long Summer days.

It begins with ‘The Krisk’ a tune that cannot help but bring out a smile on anyone’s face. It is their typical sweetness and naiveté, glued together with their craftsmanship and their flair as musicians. ‘Everybody’s Money’ is the true Kiwi Summer song that The Phoenix Foundation are known and loved for. The song’s emotive quality feels like a mix of the faith, and hopelessness of chasing after a forsaken kite.

The punch and vigour of ‘Forget It’ makes this a hard-to-forget track. Suddenly ‘Party Below’ appears and brings in the blues elements, forming the darker element of this EP. A song like this only makes the album that much more fascinating with the muffled and menacing vocals. ‘Wrestling with Demons’ is like waking up to the ultimate hangover, but realising how great the night before was. It reveals the divinity behind the clouds, and the soul and purpose of the song mesmerising.

‘The Man Next Door’ could be on a film soundtrack as the unsettling music behind the most spine-chilling scene. Keep the EP on play and secret track seven will be found which features fragments of haunting and organic rhythms and melodies.

This EP is brilliant as can only be expected from The Phoenix Foundation. There is no move that they can make where we will not follow. And listening Merry Kriskmass. , it is hard not to want follow the galloping toy reindeer and his friend, that are the artwork of the EP, to wherever it is they are heading! It does not matter where the destination is, as long as the music heard during the journey is amazing, and this EP should certainly be on the playlist.

-Janise
 

About The Phoenix Foundation

The Phoenix Foundation have been performing and producing music together for just on 20 years. As one of New Zealand's most accomplished acts, they have either won or been nominated for every music industry award NZ has to offer.

With a career releasing and performing such a diverse range of music they appeal to any demographic. Their recent releases of Give Up Your Dreams, Fandango and Buffalo, have seen them receive high acclaim from publications such as Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME and The Guardian. BBC Radio Personalities such as Lauren Laverne and Jarvis Cocker are fans. They have performed on stages around the globe from ‘…Later with Jools Holland’ (BBC TV) to The Big Day Out to Glastonbury.

They have written soundtracks for many TV Shows, Commercials and Films, including New Zealand’s Top grossing film of all time Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy and Eagle Vs Shark by Oscar Nominee director Taika Waititi.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Phoenix Foundation

Releases

Friend Ship
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Give Up Your Dreams
Year: 2015
Type: Album
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Tom's Lunch
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Fandango
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Buffalo
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Merry Kriskmass
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Happy Ending
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Pegasus
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Horsepower
Year: 2003
Type: Album
China Cove
Year: 2001
Type: EP

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