Founds - Hadean
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Founds - Hadean




I hate it when I discover an awesome band AFTER they’ve toured through my city. This happens to be the case with Queensland band Founds. I’d heard about them in dribs and drabs prior to having their album Hadean placed in my possession, but never really paid attention and quite thoughtlessly cast them off into the bin filled with the other Triple J-slayed local bands of 2012.

I was wrong to do so.

The album is great, in a nutshell. There’s an ethereal innocence to Hadean that I haven’t heard on a debut album in some time now, something which continues throughout. From the onset, the eclectic nature of Founds is established with the haunting vocals of Kirstie Ford on 'Earthlike'. I enjoy coupling of deep drums with piano and violin on 'Vessels', whilst the instrumental track 'Quartz' has to be one of Hadean’s ultimate standouts; it’s hypnotic and celestial, highlighting the beauty of the piano and the violin – I kind of feel like it’d be perfect as a soundtrack for some period drama. The influences on this album span from Mogwai to Sigur Ros, whilst the female vocal is undoubtedly similar to the fragile yet penetrating style which brought Alpine to the broader Australian music consciousness.

'Cassiopeia' is whimsical; yet another display of Founds producing some stunning moments of vocal delivery and strings, before introducing some punishing drums and guitar riffs. It also offers a refreshing break from what would otherwise be an extremely well-structured album; the track deviates from the peaceful-to-big-crescendo theme we’ve seen so far, in favour of some excellent moments of musicianship. For a band labelled by many as ‘indie-pop’, Founds lean more towards the European alternative with the material on Hadean; I don’t want to be yet another reviewer to make a Björk comparison, but I’m going to, with 'Avalanches' drawing the best imitation of the Icelandic musical chameleon on the record. This is a good thing; I guess if you’re going to be compared to Björk, it may as well be in a positive light.

Google offers up a definition of “Hadean” as referring to the first geologic eon of the Earth, ‘hadean’ in reference to the conditions of the surface at the time (Hades = Greek underworld), but this album is anything but hellish. Founds are engaging to listen to and not like the bands I’d previously allocated them with – if the band reads this, can you forgive me? I’m definitely going to be at your next show.
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