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by VilaFishburn

A creative mix of pop and rock that is always melodic and often moody.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Indian
3:41 $0.99
2. Fall Again
3:11 $0.99
3. Dreams
3:56 $0.99
4. Ricochet
4:23 $0.99
5. The Ball
3:20 $0.99
6. untitled
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Indian, a musically dynamic and lyrically searching debut EP from the Indy-based band VilaFishburn, is a most-enjoyable, and all-too-short, collection of intelligent rock songs, self-produced in the band's home studio. Consisting of three original members of the now-defunct Port 80 and utilizing two of the area's most talented bass players, VilaFishburn creates a sound that is at times dark, at times hopeful, but always musical, vibrant and cerebral.

The self-titled first song is an anthemic American Indian prayer that blends warm acoustic and electric guitars, and is highlighted by a soaring, spatial bridge that is at once tender and powerful. "Fall Again" contains a walking bass line and slight jazz shuffle rhythm that command the mood of this self-deprecating analysis of one young man's apathetic account of early adult life. Hearing this I can certainly recall those days of laughing all the way out of the bars and waking up the next day realizing that nothing had changed.

The third song, "Dreams" is an alternatingly dark and lilty dialogue between the conscious mind and the mind's third eye. Lyrically surreal and musically dramatic in places, "Dreams" contains unexpected chordal and percussive changes that swell to a powerful third verse and a quiet, almost yielding end. The best song in terms of structure this listener has heard come out of Indy in a while, "Ricochet" is an unsettling interpretation of the recent sniper killings in DC, told in the first-person. A driving rhythm section, soaring guitars and unrepentant vocals keep this song moving to a resolute and foreboding end.

Probably the most radio-friendly song on the album, "The Ball" possesses subtle alternating percussive patterns that help build tension into the major-key, ultimately hopeful choruses. A pause in one's life, with one eye on the past and one on the future, this song contains some of the album's strongest lyrics: "...Gifts of promise making kind/Wonder of this world turning the corner to you." The last song, officially untitled, is an Eastern-Indian inspired instrumental, built upon creative percussive loops of slit drums and toms, with sparse guitars and wordless, distant chant. Hypnotic and erotic, the song provides a chordal resolution to a dreamy, melodic album.

Inventive song structures provide a firm foundation for a superb array of guitar tonal textures, driving mixed-meter-feel rhythms, melodic bass lines, and passionate vocals that sometimes whisper and sometime scream their surreal messages. Indian is a strong outing from an overlooked band on the Indy music scene.

--Andy Baker, Cincinnati, OH



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Very likeable tunes, great guitar, thought provoking lyrics
I'll keep this very short. I listened to the CD once and I loved the songs so much, with permission, I used the songs in two wakeboardmidwest.com videos. The two vidoes are (Halloween Washout 04) and (Fall Again). I get postive comments all the time about the music in the videos, and as a result, VilaFishburn has gained even more fans.

Michelle Basso, Indy

If you but one CD from CD Baby or anywhere, make it this one.
I have a large CD collection, this one is my favorite. This band plays from the heart, and it shows not only in a live show, but on this project. Buy this CD and go check them out in person. You will be a raving fan, no doubt.

Joe Hine - BoneDaddie

Catchy...VilaFishburn's writing on this album surpasses their past work. Great l
This CD has REALLY catchy tunes. Indian has me hitting the rewind button on all the songs. Vila has an ecletic sound and an energy that keeps you wanting to hear more.

Justin Crawford

Original arrangements, dreamy guitar work, and intuitive lyrics
I got the CD "Indian" and was pleasantly surprised by the depth of songwriting, originality, and musicianship that I found. The first track, my favorite, "Indian" is perhaps the most pop-ish song on the CD. Lyrically, the song has great depth and the music lends itself to be a great radio-friendly tune. The next track "Fall Again" is also a pop-ish radio friendly tune that puts a smile on your face. "Fall Again" is, in my opinion, the weakest track of the bunch, but that does not mean it is a bad tune. The remainder of the CD really shows where the band shines. I was particularly impressed with how the band mananged to stray from the verse-chorus-verse format on songs like "The Ball" and "Ricochet", while still keeping the songs listenable. I also thoroughly enjoyed the atmospheric guitar on these tunes. It is refreshing to hear music that is unscathed by the trash that permeates the radio waves. If you are like me and want to hear where music is going, not where its been, then pick up a copy of "Indian". You also get a hidden instrumental track as well.


Radio Ready
I found this first published attempt excellent. These 5 tracks have a musicality and deeply reflective tone that is truly inspiring. The ecclectic tone, treatments and lyrics are driving. Really, at least 3 of these songs are radio ready and would be hits. I love to crank this EP up and continually hit the repeat button! Great stuff!