As one of the primary fulcrums of the local indie-rock collective Funbalaya, Lane Barrington was as much an artistic activist as a musician, generating the ideas and propounding the community-building philosophies that made the loose-knit group as interesting to observe as to listen to. It's yet to be seen if Barrington's recent departure for Portland will have any sort of negative effect on the scene he helped nurture, but the music found on Tall Tales shows that the scene was integral in the realization of his odd sonic visions. Sean Moore (Dodger, the Heathens) provides considerable multi-instrumental assistance on these complex, layered compositions, while various other Funbalaya 'membersâ?� make their presence known in the disc's dense arrangements. Barrington's personable approach to quirk-pop nonetheless defines the proceedings, and while lyrics like 'I raise a tall glass of milk to your chocolate chip eyesâ?� ('Up Comes the Sunâ?�) won't do much to change anyone's perception of said scene's bookish preciousness, the challenging structures and unique sonic palette of Tall Tales are solid proof that Orlando's loss will be Portland's gain.
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