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Album Review: Trip the Light Fantastic by Fonteyn

There’s a quality to the music that’s reminiscent of an impressionist painting – like if Van Gogh painted during a sunny day at the boardwalk.

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By Andy McFerren

What is there to be said about Fonteyn’s debut album Trip the Light Fantastic that hasn’t already been said about its three leading singles? 

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It’s clearly inspired by the 70’s but isn’t some bargain find of a long lost 70’s album at your local record store. The ghost of Carole King (who I discovered while writing this is NOT dead) heavily haunts every note. And Wes Anderson could make an entire film about (and using) these songs starring Saorise Ronan in the lead role, and the vibes would be immaculate. 

The one thing that I can add, however, is Joan. The song “Joan” is about lead singer Suzanne May’s cat and the profound effect animals can have at opportune moments in our lives. We’ve all had this feeling, like they were made for us, coming into our lives at a crucial time, transcending the role of mere pet. They become one of our closest friends, our most trusted confidants, knowing our every secret. Your album may have a lot of things, but your album does not have a love ballad to your cat. 

Lead singer Suzanne May.

Even though that is the one unique thing I can contribute, that’s not all I am going to say. 

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There’s a quality to the music that reminds me of an impressionist painting – if Van Gogh painted The Starry Night during a sunny day at the boardwalk. Whether it’s the horns on “These Days” or “Things to Make You Feel Better” that evoke the spirit of the band Chicago; the funky bass line on “My Heart”; or the enchanting piano on any given track, there is a fluid movement that is inherent to the music which, when added to the lyrics, paints a picture just as vivid as the paintings of which the music reminds me. 

I don’t think I could criticize this album. If you do manage to have a critique, I do not want to meet you. You must be a miserable human to be around if you cannot recognize the masterpiece that is Trip the Light Fantastic

Make sure to follow Fonteyn on Instagram, and you can listen to my personal favorite song on the album, “These Days,” below. 

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