Label: Mercury Release date: 30/08/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon Two exciting facts about Brooklyn born, Canadian-based heavy-disco influenced, electro band Fan Death. Well, three if you include the short locative information just there, OK! Three exciting facts! They’re named after a Korean myth about leaving fans running in closed rooms leading to death, so prevalent in Korea that fans are sold with timers so they switch off after a set time. The other fact is that Fan Death opened for Vampire Weekend in their most recent UK and European tour. But while Vampire Weekend for all their pensive post-college pondering generally manage to stay upbeat and cheerful throughout, Fan Death are much more given to brooding, and the mood on their debut album is often distinctly dark. Fan Death are also more assertive, imploring actions, like making decisions, on 'Choose Tonight'. Every song is enveloped in an icy urgency, as if they have to evacuate their residence quickly because it’s being bulldozed in the morning. A fine attitude to have, especially if you want to get things done quickly. However the most enjoyable aspect of this album is how well the band incorporate elements of Eastern-influenced music (anywhere east of here is fine) into their sound. Usually this is manifested in the swirling, swooping violin and percussion, some of the finest examples of both immediately obvious on opening song The Constellations Certainly these elements seem to take precedence over the electronic elements that the band are seemingly defined by, which, while obviously still there, seem to assume more complimentary roles. This definitely helps create a moodier album with perhaps more substance. In fact were the band to announce that they were more influenced by Eastern European folk music than by European house music, it would be quite convincing. Towards the end of the album there’s a perfect example of the combination of the two influences in ‘Side By Side’. Whatever happens to be a greater influence here, there’s no debate about this being a good album. It’s difficult to determine weak moments and the band seem equally comfortable with fast and slow, desperate and not-so-desperate but ultimately the most remarkable moments aren’t very common, popping up from time to time across the album, an altogether solid debut all the same. Photobucket