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Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIMDiane Coffee

My Friend Fish

Western Vinyl

Dec 13, 2013 Diane Coffee Bookmark and Share

Diane Coffee is the alter ego of Shaun Fleming, recently seen behind Foxygen’s drumkit. Flemingwho also had a spell voicing Disney characters in shows like Kim Possibleput together his Coffee debut, My Friend Fish, in two weeks. The album is a soundtrack of Fleming’s relocation from the West to the East Coast, and although it was recorded in a cramped Manhattan apartment, the album’s heart lies in the hazy, psychedelic California coastline of half a decade ago.

Fleming credits The Beatles, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, and Bill Withers for the origination of My Friend Fish‘s sound, which is lo-fi in execution yet grand in impact. The album’s gospel-powered, dreamy bent also takes cues from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver. A dusty yet lively organ runs frantically through “New Years.” In the next breath Fleming goes soulful on “All the Young Girls,” but manages to throw in a good dose of distortion along the way. All is quiet on the lullaby-like “When It’s Known,” where Fleming softly sings his way to dreamland, and “WWWoman” has a spooky, theatrical turn. The switch between crackling and soothing happens more than a few times on My Friend Fish‘s brief half-hour run, which stops it from becoming too repetitiveeven if the album’s ethos doesn’t stray too far from that of Foxygen’s retro one. (www.westernvinyl.com/artists/dianecoffee.html)

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