Album Review: Fossil Collective – On and On EP

By on Monday, 29th October 2012 at 12:00 pm

Fossil Collective are a duo with immense potential and without being cliché, with the world at their feet. They expand to a five-piece when playing live, but after having a listen to the band in person, I’m of the opinion that they flourish on record.

The split of their band Vib Gyor saw Dave Fendick and Jonny Hooker from Leeds branch out to become Fossil Collective. They already made a stir with their first musical outing ‘Let It Go’, released in January, was a record that saw the band hone their sound and allow the public a brief taster. Fendick and Hooker are both multi-talented and instrumentally ambidextrous, so when you listen to these boys don’t expect your dogmatic bass, guitars, drums and keys. Nope, these guys are here to smash some boundaries.

They obviously aren’t fussed about conventional song structure as this four-song EP is a testament to experimental sound. They’re not Einstein-ing and re-defining the laws of their field; rather, they’re testing and probing at the edges and having a general prod at the general conventions of indie music. The songs though are beautifully put together and are the kind of music that it’s almost impossible to stay still too. You’ll either be nodding your head or tapping your feet by the end of this brief EP, I guarantee it.

My personal highlight is ‘River’s Edge’ (stream at at the bottom of the post), which begins as a kind of folky hybrid, with a catchy kind of rhythm that feels almost reminiscent of Dry the River. And everyone likes Dry the River eh, they’re lovely! In next track ‘Silent Alarm’, you get treated to a stripped-down, pensive number, a thought provoking almost ballad, with some poignant and thoroughly beautiful lyrics.

The EP’s opener ‘On and On’ is a testament to why Fossil Collective are being so heavily fancied by critics. They blend together a fantastic range of varied instruments, with some fantastic vocal harmonies thrown in their almost for fun, as the music is more than emotional enough for me, thank you! The final song ‘Fog’ is a bit of a let-down for me, though; clocking at less than 2 minutes, it doesn’t get going and finishes the EP on a sour note. But there’s potential, obviously: what have I been gushing over for the last 400 words, come on!

Fossil Collective need the opportunity to record a full length record now. I feel they are ready and I think listeners to this EP will both yearn for such a record and want it as much as me.


‘On and On’, the new EP from Fossil Collective, is out now on Dirty Hit.


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8:12 pm
29th October 2012

A little review of our new EP……

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