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by Foxtail Somersault

Atmospheric guitars, layers of noise, and dreamy vocals dance on top of deep and steady rhythms to create a unique blend of melodic shoegaze that is called Foxtail Somersault.
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Divingboard
3:03 $0.99
2. Motionland
3:45 $0.99
3. Escalator
4:06 $0.99
4. Call and Respond
5:18 $0.99
5. A Love Song Part 1
5:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
by Stewart Mason - All Media Guide

Part of the loosely defined group of modern indie rock bands heavily influenced by first-generation shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive (see also Ringo Deathstarr and Asobi Seksu, among others), San Francisco's Foxtail Somersault sound uncannily like the sort of band that would have been the toast of college radio circa 1990. Guitarist Seiken Nakama formed Foxtail Somersault in 2004 after moving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In the now time-honored tradition of posting ads on Craigslist, Nakama found singer, guitarist, and lyricist Catherine Howland (whose dreamy, helium-pitched vocal style is entirely within the post-Liz Fraser shoegazer tradition), lead guitarist James Spadaro, bassist Brian Anderson, and drummer Mark Dungey and began to forge a blend of ambient pop influences ranging across the temporal spectrum from Brian Eno's early solo career to contemporary post-rockers like Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky. The band's debut EP, Fathom, was released by Vibraphone Records in the spring of 2007.



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Erik C Schaedler

Quality EP
This is the debut from this SF based group (I believe). Kat's singing reminds me of early 90s Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) and Seik's guitar is shoegaze/nearing postrock at times and gives them a real wall of sound a la My Bloody Valentine. The highlight of the disc is clearly the epic instrumental closer 'A Love Song Part 1'...they opened their live show with this track and is the main reason I looked for and bought their disc. Of course, I can't complain about the pleasing other four tracks here. Can't wait to hear more guys!

Sean Rice

Love it!
I love this EP, Catherine Howland's voice is absolutely beautiful. My only complaint is that is too short! All the songs on the EP are really good, but the standouts are Escalator and A Love Song Part 1. Will be looking forward to more material from this band.