Fruit Bats - Mouthfuls (Cover Artwork)

Fruit Bats

Fruit Bats: MouthfulsMouthfuls (2003)
Sub Pop Records

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When I first listened to this album, I felt as if I had traveled back to the ??70's. The Fruit Bats are a melodic folk band whose sound is so gentle and soothing it could put a baby to sleep.

Mouthfuls is the second release by Fruit Bats, but their first record on Sub-pop records, produced by Brian Deck. The front man of the band is Eric Johnson, who is not stranger to the Chicago music scene. His other permanent member is Gillian Lisee who joined in 2001. They were recently singed to Sub-pop in 2002 and have begun to take off, already completing three of their own headlining tours, as well as supporting bands such as Modest Mouse and The Shins.

So what will you hear if you pick up this album? You will get a taste of laid back pop-folk sounds. I would describe their sound as reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, or Peter Paul and Mary. Be prepared to be put in a trance by soft vocals and harmonies, and mellow guitar and drums accompanied by and assortment of miscellaneous instruments including xylophone, keyboard, banjo, "household objects", mandolin, and other electronics.

The tracks seem to flow nicely, often times running into each other, taking a little while for the listener to realize they have moved onto the next song. They lyrics range from story telling to love relationships, but all seem to have an underlying theme of nature. My favorite of the album, "Seaweed" tells a story of love through the journey of a tooth and Martians, "If I broke my jaw for you I would find a bloody tooth and rip it out . . ." and the journey begins.

This music is for dreamers, for people who like to hear lullabies, for people who want to chill, and let music put you in another state, for hippies. When this band comes to town, you will see me there with a big blanket and pillow... well maybe not, but you will see me there. I think their live show would make the album complete, listening to the author tell his stories and describe his dreams.


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Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

Anonymous (May 15, 2003)

I love the multiple layers to the music; it's seems so simple, but the more you listen, the more you are wowed by the sophistication. Saw them live. They'll get you there too!

Anonymous (May 14, 2003)

yo add a dinner bell triangle and i'll buy your whole catalog.

(has an empty stomach)

FortyMinutesWest (May 14, 2003)

I just found a program that lets you compose a song completely in gunshots and bird tweets! Gold record here I come!

Anonymous (May 14, 2003)

I see they have the banjo and xylophone...but not almighty triangle??? PASS!


Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

This band is pretty damn good.

seek (May 13, 2003)

Comment below was funny, whether or not the dudebrah was serious. Good review--it got me interested to go and check the album out.

Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

best album art ever.

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