Fog Father, Small Skies, Salon

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A FREE showcase of local synth-pop magnificence!!

FOG FATHER is an art-pop group formed in Portland, OR consisting of members Bryson Hansen, Marty Walsh, David Rosman and Thomas Burke. Fog Father cultivates 80's synth moods, psychedelic soul, tape-drenched sound effects and an infatuation with vintage sci-fi/horror to create experimental, yet accessible pop music. Reaching to idols Funkadelic, Gary Wilson, Roy Orbison and Devo, Fog Father is an interplanetary make-out cruise through old-school balladry, new-school chill-out and funkified outer-space.

"Benjamin Tyler used to record under the name Stepkid, but he's morphed that project into the new Small Skies, enlisting the spontaneous contributions of friends to offset his carefully crafted, electronic-based sonic panoramas. Small Skies' intriguing debut album (self-titled) juxtaposes dark, coiled synths with booming, crashing live drums, and the results are both invigorating and ominous. For every joyous pop summit like "So Long," there's the wobbling, claustrophobic "New Home," and Tyler often overruns his melodies with echo, creating an indistinct, erased quality with his voice. What remains perfectly in focus is Tyler's piercing vision, and he injects a surprising amount of emotion into the abstractions on Small Skies, giving the record a gravity that's impossible to discount." - Portland Mercury

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