((Miracle Fortress)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

Angst is over. Sometime recently, "magical" and "fanciful" and "child-like" became the hot new sounds in rock. Now I know what you're thinking, we've been hearing that forever with "twee." Well, not exactly. Twee was childish. We're talking here about child-like. Everyone from Joanna Newsom to Animal Collective to Grizzly Bear have been experimenting with sounds that hark back to the days of swinging on tires in the sun, catching fireflies by twilight, and putting a dead mouse in your sister's easter egg basket (or was that just me?). But they do it in a way that doesn't suck.

Add Montreal's Miracle Fortress to this list of "wonder bands." Miracle Fortress is the solo studio project of Graham Van Pelt of the band Think About Life (live, he has help) and there's nothing childish about this musical magic. His whimsical songs featuring scattered odd sounds are a lot like The Beach Boys meets, well, Panda Bear. Listening to this makes you feel nostalgic for the childhood memories of your choosing. And you can sing along, too.
Published June 21, 2007
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