Album Reviews

Out Now: Stephen Steinbrink’s “Arranged Waves”

I recall the first time I heard Stephen Steinbrink. I caught the final few songs of his set at one of What The Heck Fest’s final years. The song was “Breath of Fire” off his 2009 LP Ugly Unknowns. Such a pleasant, poppy sound: I thought this a little strange coming from someone who so… Continue reading Out Now: Stephen Steinbrink’s “Arranged Waves”

Features

FensePost Premiere: Antiquated Future Releases “Well, I Don’t See Why Not: Volume 4” Tomorrow

FensePost is excited to premiere a few new tracks from the latest compilation by Portland, OR and Olympia, WA lo-fi label Antiquated Future. The release, Well, I Don’t See Why Not: Volume 4 (Preorder here) is out tomorrow and will feature tracks from mostly unknown, under-appreciated artists.

Features

Coming Soon: The Anacortes Unknown Music Series #2

I must admit, I was quite sad to hear that What The Heck Fest, an ├╝ber indie music festival in Anacortes, WA, was coming to an end after ten years. While I had only attended a few, I caught a many great acts at the event, including The Hive Dwellers and Stephen Steinbrink. Good news:… Continue reading Coming Soon: The Anacortes Unknown Music Series #2

Album Reviews

Letters: All The Adventures To See Them I Will (Album Review)

Letters return to that sound I loved so much from their earliest release on their latest album, All The Adventures To See Them I Will. “Hideaway” and “Thrive” set the pace early-on, with lo-fi folk pop. The latter drops in a great beat, a most welcome addition to Letters’ already great sound. It is this… Continue reading Letters: All The Adventures To See Them I Will (Album Review)

Videos

Lake: Within/Without [Video]

Olympia band Lake returns this year with a new album called Giving And Receiving. If you like what you heard from their past few releases, including the phenomenal Let’s Build A Roof from 2009, you’ll dig this one. It has a pleasant mix of upbeat pop songs and chill mellow ones. “Within/Without” finds somewhat of… Continue reading Lake: Within/Without [Video]

Album Reviews

Lake: You Are Alone b/w Higher Than Merry [Single Review]

I instantly fell in love with Lake upon first hearing them open for Microphones and Karl Blau at the final show of Anacortes’s cherished Department Of Safety. That I hadn’t heard them before was the shocking item, being they share a hometown with K Records and also release their albums on the label. Lake’s dreamy… Continue reading Lake: You Are Alone b/w Higher Than Merry [Single Review]

Song Reviews

The Hive Dwellers: Get In [mp3]

Throw Calvin Johnson into the mix, and, no matter what situation presents itself, it’ll always be a little awkward. That might come out wrong, but it shouldn’t. He is, in all aspects of the word, cool. When I saw him front The Hive Dwellers at the Anacortes What The Heck? Fest (the above photo was… Continue reading The Hive Dwellers: Get In [mp3]

Features

Letters [Feature]

A full two years ago, I raved about a little band from Olympia called Letters. Their music featured simple melodies played by complex and unique instruments. Vocals, too, focused on patters that caught the ear and pulled a listener in. It was this combination of elements that made them so intriguing. And intriguing they were,… Continue reading Letters [Feature]