When I think of The Phoenix Foundation, the easy description that comes to mind is "the New Zealand version of The Shins", but that's really not entirely accurate. At times they do sound a bit like The Shins, but their most recent recordings seem to have mellowed a bit, and their latest album Happy Ending (not yet released in North America) reminds me more frequently of The Arcade Fire. Much like The Shins, however, The Phoenix Foundation's fan base seems to be growing thanks to their inclusion on a hip movie soundtrack, specifically the Kiwi indie dramedy Eagle vs Shark. To be honest, I'm a bit surprised I haven't read more about these guys in the blogosphere up until now, but once Eagle vs Shark is released on DVD, I can see them really getting their due. In the meantime, check out a couple of their newest tracks, and an older one too.
» Bonus Track: 40 Years
» Bonus Track: All In An Afternoon (from Pegasus)
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