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The Philosophy of Time Travel

by Christmas Fuller Project

A concept album about travel through time and space. 12 melodic pop songs laced with moments of indie experimentation.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Captain Webb vs. The English Channel
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2. Try
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3. Ghosts are for Graveyards
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4. The Part That Lives
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5. Learn How to Die (Country Step)
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6. A Long Drive
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7. Prelude
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8. 1875
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9. Meet Me in Montauk
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10. i know you're going to hurt me, but i choose to love you anyway
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11. Optimistic
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12. Pop Philosophy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Album Synopsis
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"The Philosophy of Time Travel" is Fayetteville, AR 5-piece Christmas Fuller Project's first full-length album. Entirely self-written, -recorded, and -mixed at their home studio in Springdale, it truly is a labor of love. With four contributing songwriters taking cues from straight-forward pop bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and Nada Surf to more experimental groups such as Wilco and the ever-influencing Radiohead, "The Philosophy of Time Travel" achieves a wide array of sounds while still managing to sound cohesive.

Band History
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Christmas Fuller Project is an indie pop/rock band originally from Springdale, Arkansas. Beginning as a joke between four high school friends who were all songwriters and guitar players, CFP became a reality when Cameron Heger and Aaron Hopwood committed to learning drums and bass, respectively. After a year of jamming and songwriting, they began developing their first few songs and booking their first few gigs. Inbetween practices and shows they worked on self-recording 5 songs, which became the rough but promising "Milkhouse EP," a collection of straight-forward pop songs released in May 2006, the end of their freshman year of College at the University of Arkansas.

A few months after releasing "The Milkhouse EP," CFP began another batch of DIY recordings, which were of much higher sound quality. But soon the band's proposed second EP turned into it's first LP--a relatively experimental concept album, at that. Again, inbetween playing shows, the band recorded new material. Recorded sporatically over the span of an entire year, "The Philosophy of Time Travel" was released on June 23, 2007 at a CD release party in their hometown to a great response. It is now available at shows, CDBaby.com, and iTunes.

Just before releasing the album, Christmas Fuller Project added former Famous in May (fellow local band and friends of CFP) keyboard player Tyler Ceola to the lineup, which also includes singer/songwriter/guitar player Brandon George and songwriter/guitar player Nick Roland. CFP played one show as a 5-piece before spending summer '07 apart, due to Nick and Aaron leaving the country to go study abroad. They are now regrouping and preparing to gig again around northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas while continuing to write and debut new material.

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James Miller

d.i.y. recording at its most bold
Christmas Fuller Project brings a certain D.I.Y. mentality to the Fayetteville indie scene. The band produced its first demo/EP in the milkhouse behind guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Roland’s house (aptly titling it The Milkhouse EP). The EP was far from studio-quality, so I was certainly skeptical when I heard that the band was attempting to record their first full-length album—The Philosophy of Time Travel—at home. Thinking only in terms of sound quality, this album is undoubtedly one of the best products to come directly out of the Fayetteville music scene.

So, the band definitely grew in their ability to capture their sound in a recording. The question, then, must be whether or not they grew in their ability to write and play music. The Milkhouse EP, while fun for friends and family, wasn’t breaking any new ground and certainly wasn’t the high point of their career. The Philosophy of Time Travel is an entirely different story. It’s difficult to believe that the same band that released Milkhouse last May just released this new album.

What’s changed? The band has literally moved light years ahead (maybe in a time machine?) with their songwriting. Lyrically, the band challenged itself to hit new levels. For the most part, the songs are deeper lyrically—striving for more pressing content and better imagery. Musically, this doesn’t even seem like the same band. The songs are more creative, more developed, and flat-out riskier than anything on Milkhouse (and probably anything done by anyone else in Fayetteville). The band abandons what makes some of their fans happiest (shiny, simple pop music) by providing more than your healthy share of weird studio tricks—synthesized organ lines (“Meet Me in Montauk”), controlled chaos (“Ghosts Are For Graveyards”), jet-engine feedback (“The Part That Lives”), and plenty of backwards craziness (“Prelude” and “Pop Philosophy”).

Roland pushes his ability as a multi-instrumentalist by adding banjo and saxophone to his growing repetoire (which already included guitar, keys, and vocals). Drummer Cameron Heger adds glockenspiel in several songs, which is a great touch. However, like The Beatles, CFP is certainly getting by with a little help from their friends. The band should seriously consider adding some of the guest musicians on this album to their full-time lineup [they already added Tyler Ceola from the now defunct Famous In May, who appears on “Learn How to Die (Country Step)”]. Kassie Sen’s operatic siren song on “Captain Webb vs. the English Channel” and “1875” are the highlights of those songs, but her biggest contribution is her vocals on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-inspired “Meet Me in Montauk”. Caleb Sieck’s violin and Michael Bollero’s cello appear on half the album, and the pair gives CFP more than their money’s worth of quality strings.

The album, which is somewhat of a concept album of time traveling, is simply good. A lot of times, I am guilty of judging local music to a lower standard than the rest of the albums I own. I’m not doing that here. The album—though eclectic—really does pull together into one great piece of music with several highlights. Personally, I suggest listening to “Captain Webb vs. the English Channel” for it’s epic swell and complex nature, “Pop Philosophy” for it’s mostly laid-back pop beauty, “Meet Me in Montauk” for a pure indie rock love song with lyrical depth, and “Try” for it’s sweet fiddle action.

You’re not going to be disappointed by this album. I’m not going to inflate this album so much as to tell you it’s one of the all-time greats, but it’s certainly good. You probably won’t find it on any year-end lists of any major music reviewer, but that’s in-part because they’ve never heard it.
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Oceans Never Listen

Ambitious attempt that mostly pays off
If you haven't heard of Christmas Fuller Project let me introduce them to you. They hail from northwest Arkansas and they are comprised of 4 members (sorry, 5, they just added a new member). They have just released their debut album "The Philosophy of Time Travel" and it could be seen as some sort of a concept album. It is nice to see such ambition from a young band and on the whole it mostly pays off. For some sort of reference point I think they sound like a cross between Eels and Death Cab For Cutie. They combine delicious melodies with sweeping guitar lines and occasionally hushed vocals. Now the concept is loosely based around a trilogy of songs about 19th century swimmer Captain Matthew Webb and a time traveler. In a broader context, to quote the band "Time Travel is a metaphor for hope, regret, longing, reminiscing, learning from mistakes, and any other experience that finite beings inevitably face as they try to figure out their place in eternity." It is quite ambitious but thankfully it largely succeeds. Particular stand out tracks for me are "1875", "Meet Me in Montauk", "Prelude" and "Ghosts Are For Graveyards".
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aksdl;fj;

What a great debut.
This is one of the most inspired debut albums that you'll hear. These guys refuse to settle for your typical set from a small band's debut album. The songs are grand in scope and show promise of a really great future (and a pretty good present, too).
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