FOVEA – Pencil Me In


The complexities of Fovea are what they’re all about, and the new full-length album – Pencil Me In, has all the makings of more than meets the ears. They cut twelve monstrous songs together with the firepower of ten times what you’d normally find in that amount. It must be propped for that alone, but there’s almost too much to tell about it all in one article. This New York based quartet isn’t your daddy’s jazz, nor your sister’s pop band. They’re an organic but also very technical group of musicians who might even be better than they even realize, because they’re so good, yet so humbly presented.

The effortless qualities they possess are the first thing you notice when they kick into gear on “Boss Boy” with a bunch of awesome sauce added in the mix, with electronica meets psychedelia on this romantically themed opening song. It provides a look-into the talents of the two singers, as they intertwine their completely different styles together. This is probably the track which shows their prowess together using more contrast than not. And that’s evident as soon as you hear the next track, “Don’t Play” with it’s light and bubbly paced synth-rock backing. The voices sing as high and low as they register together with precision.

Think Roxy Music meets the Cranberries and you get the idea of how well their voices work together. But that’s only one opinion to give on that subject. There’s a major amount of musical ideas to marvel at on this album too. They get a big work out on the single, “Cost Of” with no fuss and bother on another interestingly smooth sounding piece of the puzzle. You never know what the concept is, and the lyrics aren’t always easy to make out, but it’s nothing they don’t intend to begin with. This might carry over from their previously released EP, and carry onto their next release, or it might not.

The important thing is, they don’t give away much meaning to their songs. Instead they rely on synchronizing abstract sounds and voices together in ways unheard for miles around. This brings a lot to the table from what are seasoned players who know how to write, arrange and perform their songs with the required amount of soul and honesty that makes them as legit as the next. Just check out the excellent “Worn Out” and then move onto “New Meds” for an example of the variety they pack into this release, and you’ll not only be sold on Pencil Me In, you’ll eagerly await the follow-up.


Ted Dixon