Tell Where I Lie (Vagrant Records)
release date: 4/9/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Not out to set the world on fire, this UK duo aimed to strip it bare and focus on the songwriting of their childhood heroes (Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash). It’s a breath of fresh air (ironic, seeing as it’s based on the past, without being vintage). Fossil Collective make timeless, gentle, acoustic rock, as “Let it Go” displays. No boasts, no fashion statements, just heartfelt melody and touching, unassuming harmonies. Elsewhere on the album, you’ll encounter electronic colorings and falsetto reachings, but as a single, the carefully balanced melancholy and unassuming strumming render “Let it Go” a quiet hit.