On the EP the band is joined by drummer A. Craig Bray, who gives the hooky tunes some extra oomph, but the band’s elegant melodies would be just as catchy without him. Piano and guitar provide the main propulsion, and the precise, nimble lines of Young and Cimini add real depth and richness. Plus when was the last time you heard a rock band where every song gave prominent roles to bassoon and viola? Even the tunes that sound a bit saccharine and hyperactive for my tastes (in a Ben Folds kind of way) are undeniably well-crafted.
The Fancy make their local debut Tuesday night at the Whistler. Roommate, with whom both Cimini and Young have played, headline.
photo: Matthew Billings
Komeda Project, Requiem (WM)
Annette Krebs and Rhodri Davies, Kravis Rhonn Project (Another Timbre)
Stefano Bollani Trio, Stone in the Water (ECM)
Ulhas Kashalkar, Sparsh (Sense World Music)
Glenn Jones, Barbecue Bob in Fishtown (Strange Attractors)