Fyfe Dangerfield’s latest efforts see him going solo with début album Fly Yellow Moon. Now, when seeing front men go solo you can’t help but raise the question, why? In this instance Fyfe’s music direction is clearly on a different wavelength to The Guillemots, making a strong ‘Pop’ campaign, knocking on the doors of the charts.
The album targets the brighter aspects of life, being distinctively more positive than the usual material that the evident heartbeat of The Guillemots main act, Fyfe, writes. It’s crammed with instruments galore, and it’s much tamer than The Guillemots’ music, having its creases ironed out.
The album opens with ‘When You Walk In The Room’ entering with a screech, alongside the jumpy piano which holds your attention from the start with ease. Lyrics prove Fyfe’s passion for life, “I can’t help it if I’m happy, I can’t help it if I’m happy not to be sad”. These high spirits are found consistently throughout the album, with ‘Livewire’ demonstrating his delicate writing skills, and boasting the concentrated melodic talent that’s seen so frequently during this album. ‘She Needs Me’ is another pop hit that demonstrates another well structured song, and ‘Faster Than The Setting Sun’ is a fine melancholic explosion giving the album more depth. The album does seem a little unsettled at times with ‘So Brand New’ being some sort of stray spark off the sixties and ‘Firebird’ being a bland tale, acting as the saw thumb of the album.
All in all, the album is a bright collection of tracks that simply weren’t welcome in the Guillemots studio, so let’s be thankful for Fyfe’s diversity and passion for music.