By Marlee Keeven
From rock ‘n’ roll to punk rock to indie folk to jam to electronic and even to random oceanic symphonic noises, Fort Calling truly showcases the widespread talent that Fort Collins’ musicians have to offer.
One of the best songs on side A is “Snakes with Castanets” by Federal Art Project. It’s an instrumental piece with Tool-like guitar riffs, an electronic backbeat and ghostly echoes in the background. With pleasant vocal harmonization and soft instrumentals making for a dreamlike musical experience, “Part Three: Awake” by Habitat is another highlight on side A.
If your musical taste yearns for something a bit quirkier, side B might suit you better.
“Taking Over” by Neon Knights is chuckle-worthy. It’s a mix between modern dubstep and eighties synth pop music with the wonderful inclusion of a robot repeating, “Neon Knights are taking over.”
Incredibly raw and reminiscent of new wave garage punk, “Slowdown…It’s Gone” by Painted Snake is one of the album’s best.
The main complaint about this compilation is the incorporation of Ambassador Engine, Luggage and Ocean Bump!. All three bands deliver very similar songs – noises of nature and the ocean. They sound kind of cool and would be great for meditation or sleeping, but the album could have done with one or none rather than three.
All in all, Fort Calling has done a great job creating an eclectic compilation of local independent music. Download this album for free at their website, below.