Breathy voices drenched in reverb, deep basslines, and an undeniable onstage chemistry define the sound of Columbus’ own Fine Animal, all wrapped up in a sleek electronic aesthetic.
The band enveloped the audience in a set of delicate, dreamy soundscapes at its last Columbus show, supporting Brooklyn, New York, act Mr Twin Sister at the intimate Rumba Cafe July 14.
“When I’m writing, I’m always thinking about Lucy’s voice,” multi-instrumentalist and producer Kelan Gilbert said about songwriting partner Lucy Oaks. “To make a comparison, when a painter paints, he has a selection of colors, and I have Lucy’s voice as a color to paint with when I’m writing.”
Emblazoned on the band’s equipment was the slogan “music for ice skating,” an apt description for the chilled, flowing textures of the duo’s music, which could serve as the backing track for a figure skater in the spotlight.
A backdrop of changing leaves, agricultural scenes, and surreal film clips was projected on the back wall of the stage at the duo’s most recent show, carefully synced up with the progression of the music.
“We feel that our songs have a very cinematic quality at times, and some of the songs are begging for a visual element,” said Gilbert, who composed the visuals himself from creative commons materials.
The band’s recent release, “Before The Glow,” is a compelling snapshot of Fine Animal’s sound and attitude.
“Sometimes it’s reality, sometimes it’s fantasy, but I think overall, especially for ‘Before The Glow,’ when I was writing a lot of the lyrics for the songs, they were based on things from my past,” Gilbert said.
Fine Animal’s next show is slated for Aug. 7 at Brothers Drake Meadery with The Cordial Sins and Friendly Faux.