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Diane Coffee: My Friend Fish

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Diane Coffee — My Friend Fish


Release date(s): Oct. 29
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Spec Recs: All of them, especially “Hymn”
In one word: Fantastical


You might be asking yourself, who is Diane Coffee? We are now finally graced with an answer, as well as an album. Diane Coffee is the brainchild of Foxygen’s very own Shaun Fleming. Fleming gifts us with the debut album My Friend Fish. This is one of the only albums I’ve ever listened to that seems more like a compilation, where we get to journey with the artist and follow his imagination as he experiments with different genres of music. It’s truly incredible how, with the progression of each exceedingly unique song, his voice changes with the mood of the music so much that you wonder if it’s really him singing.

In this blues-glam-rock, genre-bending music, the groovy use of the organ and dancey bass lines are merely a few of the most attractive elements of the music from My Friend Fish.

Being that each song from this album is so unique, let’s get a list going of what you can expect to hear:

Hymn”: Grateful Dead meets Electric Light Orchestra. The melodies from this song are so catchy, so impeccably gripping with the occasional choral contribution in the background of specific lyrics. Fleming’s vocals evoke a feeling of longing, until the end when he recreates a very Beatles Back in the USSR feel.

Never Lonely”: Here we shift to a rhythmic psych-blues which utilizes strong Foxygen chord progressions. Fleming’s vocals in this one are more gritty and percussive.

Tale of a Dead Dog”: Has a very mellowed out MGMT sound coupled with some classical guitar influences.

WWWoman”: I can’t get past much in this song without first fangirling over the main melody for a good while. Fleming, I don’t know how you do it, but don’t stop.

New Years”: A journey through space with a hippie as your tour guide.

All the Young Girls”: Motown gospel glam. Intrigued yet?

When It’s Known”: Welcome to the 1980s in 2013.

That Stupid Girl Who Runs A Lot”: Gorgeous guitar riffs, and Fleming utilizes punkish vocals.

Eat Your Love (With Sriracha)”: Beatles circa Magical Mystery Tour. Organ usage that has potential to kill.

Green”: Sonny and Cher but more imaginative. Fleming’s vocals are like sweet honey pouring into a steamy cup of tea.

Moral of this review, please do yourself a favor and listen to this album. Diane Coffee is currently on tour and will be at Phoenix‘s Rhythm Room on Tuesday, Nov. 5 with Those Darlins and Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold.

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