"An Indie folk-rock band from Asheville, North Carolina known as Fortune And Glory have set the date of January 13th, 2017 for their EP Effigies to be released. I had the wonderful opportunity to have a listen!
The EP starts off with a slow strumming of the guitar, a unique vibe is set making the listener want to sway to each string. Pulling on the heart strings of the listener, a bitter sweet song cleverly-written.
The EP continues, changing the tone a bit with each track. Instrumentals continue to keep a heart-felt tone. Lyrics painting a beautiful scenario for the mind. Anticipating what will the next track reveal from the soulful singer.
The four track EP has an all around chill vibe. If you truly take the time to listen, the lyrics paint scenarios that make one wonder are these just emotions, or maybe it's pieces of a story? The singers voice is layered very well within the instrumentals, a clean classic sound that makes the EP a blissful listen. Noticeable throughout the EP that their heart and soul was put into each track. Highly recommend giving it a listen!"
- Irene Guerrero (AltCorner.com)
"One of my great passions in music is discovering new bands and new music to listen to. This does take a bit of dedication as it is all too easy to fall into the trap of listening to the same things again and again and again and again… I call it the Pink Floyd loop. Added to this is the truth that, more often than not, it results in disappointment and a huge amount of dross being forced through my ears. But every now and then you uncover something that makes it all worth while. ‘Effigies’, the debut EP from Asheville folk-indie group Fortune & Glory, is exactly that, a real gem.
Fortune & Glory are a four piece consisting of founding members Eric Barker and Jono Kirk (who started in 2008), alongside Jon Blalock and Dan Myler. That period of close to a decade between formation and first release is evident as each track on ‘Effigies’ oozes quality. There can be a tendency in new bands to showcase the individual talents at the expense of the song, but there is none of that here. Each track is well thought out, intricately arranged, and it seems the egos have been left to the side for the greater good of the music.
The first of the four tracks is the vocal heavy ‘Beautiful Ghost’. The 3/4 timing and waltzy guitar strumming gives the whole piece a dreamy feel, but the real stand out is the vocals and imaginative phrasing that dominates the track. The lyrics are excellent (‘There’s one thing that you should know, that i dance here alone with your beautiful ghost when you go’) although the song does threaten to stagnate a little as it progresses. Fortunately it is saved at the 3 minute mark, when the bridge kicks in with a superb vocal solo that really shows the vocal range.
Next up is my personal favourite ‘The Worst Of Me’, which begins with a quick fingered, almost Jonny Greenwood like, arpeggiated guitar. In fact the whole track does have a slightly Radioheady. feel to it, all be it a little more upbeat. The lyrics and vocals are again excellent, but the real high point is the duelling guitars, one high up the neck and one low, that make up the guitar solo. The rhythm provides a Spanish influence as the two solo guitarists battle it out giving a slightly more suspicious sounding interlude to combine with the more up beat vocal sections. My only complaint is one of personal preference, as I would have liked to hear a bit more of the soloing, but they say leave your audience wanting more, and it certainly does that.
The third track, ‘Sanctuary’, again showcases Fortune & Glory’s excellent musicianship, with a superb arrangement, emotional guitar work, and most notably, superb vocal harmonies. This is probably the most evocative of the four tracks, with thoughtful lyrics (‘A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor, sometimes it takes a storm to rebuild your shelter’), and wonderful overlaying acoustic guitars that are a feature of the EP as a whole. The song builds as the guitars wind there way through two verses, but it is the (electric) guitar solo that stands out, and brings the song to a satisfying finale. The guitar work is a real stand out throughout, but the solo is wonderfully simple and emotional, and dare I say it, almost Gilmouresque, leaving a satisfying feeling of melancholy as the track fades away.
Last up is ‘The Garden (Where I Walk)’, which is the darkest and most mysterious sounding song on the album. If I’m honest this doesn’t quite reach the heights of the previous three tracks, but there is plenty to like none the less. The vocals are shared, with the two styles complimenting each other well, and the lyrics are good. The guitar work is excellent, with the peak of the song again reached with a superb solo, a slow thoughtful opening leading to a frantic ending fits the song well. Personally, I think it would have been nice for the song to end on the solo to give a satisfying finish to the EP, instead of a short vocal reprise, but that is more personal taste than anything.
As with all first releases, the band have time to really put together their best music, and there is no doubting that this is a really high quality first EP from Fortune & Glory. The attention to detail is superb, and they have all the ingredients needed to be a hugely successful band. The vocals and in particular the lyrics, which are so often left wanting in first releases, are superb, and they are all clearly excellent musicians. The next test is to see if they can reproduce it on a regular basis, and if they can do that, then the sky really is the limit."
-Andrew Lakin (AJLSMusic.com)
"The long awaited EP release from local indie-folk rock band Fortune & Glory is here. Be taken away by the slow strumming of a guitar across these four tracks. Effigies offers four tracks that pull on the heartstrings of the listener, whisking you away with the instrumentals that clearly come from the heart."
While many may agree that 2017 is off to a rocky start in a lot of ways, there is one way in which it is already being pretty awesome: the musical releases that have graced our headphones in these first few weeks of January. One such release was Asheville, North Carolina-based indie-folk-rock band Fortune & Glory’s debut EP, Effigies.
The four-track piece begins with “Beautiful Ghost,” a soft and pastoral invitation to the rest of the EP that provides listeners with a slight taste of what else lies in store. Lilting instrumentals accompany hauntingly tender lyrics like, “...billowing silk, your voice fills my head…,” and “...I’d rather be living in a fairytale/ One where I get to be the one to hold you at night as you all sleep…,” to tell the poignant tale of being in love with someone who doesn’t love you anymore.
Track two, entitled “Worst of Me,” pairs the same rich lyrical content with stronger, more percussive instrumentals. Overall, with this particular track, Fortune & Glory have accomplished a rare thing. They have paired somber lyrics with the sort of upbeat acoustic instrumental stylings that make listeners want to get up and dance.
“Sanctuary,” the EP’s third track, stands out as my personal favorite. Here, Fortune & Glory offers up 3:50 of rich instrumentals and earnest lyrics that demonstrate exactly why this band should be on everyone’s musical radar. Words simply cannot do this song justice, so I’d recommend a quick listen so you can just see for yourself.
Lastly, Effigies closes with the track “The Garden (Where I Walk).” This track is a perfect example of indie-rock done well, and serves to make listeners a little sad that the EP is over.
All in all, Fortune & GLory are an incredible band with a shocking amount of talent. As Effigies is their first EP, now is the perfect time to check them out and become a fan before the rest of the world discovers them too.
-Tessa Backes (The Heart of the Music)