A Troop of Echoes - "Small Fires" (audio) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

17 March 2015

The saxophone-led, Pixies-channeling instrumental number "Small Fires" is an ideal song to spin as the sunny rays of spring kick in.
 

It’s hard not to have one’s spirits lifted by a tune like “Small Fires”, the latest number from the Providence, Rhode Island-based A Troop of Echoes. Taking stylistics from the realm of indie rock but placing saxophone at the forefront (rather than, say, a Thom Yorke-aping lead vocalist), the band crafts tunes that are off-kilter yet affable, accessible yet ever-so-slightly perplexing. Such is the case with “Small Fires”, which utilizes guitar technique that anyone familiar with the indie rock playbook will recognize immediately—that is, until the song veers off in its own unique variations. The effervescent and creative mood of the tune couldn’t have arrived sooner; just as many across the globe are finally venturing outside after the icy winter months, this free-spirited piece is fine aural backing to a newly sunny walk outside.
  
The band tells PopMatters this about the track: “‘Small Fires’ actually came together pretty quickly. Towards the end of recording the album, our drummer Dan showed up with a bassline we really, really loved. We immediately latched on to it, and soon found it transformed into this propulsive wash of jagged Pixies-style guitar, haunting saxophone, and thunderous drum fills. It sounds lush and a little unhinged, which we think we think perfectly captures the spirit of the record.”



Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, A Troop of Echoes will release their sophomore full-length, The Longest Year on Record, this year on 19 May.


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