Our first full length record, Monuments, is now available on CD and digital download through SoHiTek Records. Recorded at Revolver Studios with the help of Mr. Nalin Silva, Monuments, saw its release in December of 2013.
Eleven PDX Magazine / Issue No. 7, Volume 3 By “Trilithon,” the third track on Fanno Creek’s debut album, Monuments, my jaw had literally dropped. The local trio is well known on the live circuit for their effortless harmonizing and energetic acoustic rock sound, but this is worlds beyond what you’ve heard from them: expansive soundscapes, layers of instrumentation around their dual guitar & drums lineup, and most importantly hooks on top of hooks. At first I struggled to reconcile what I was hearing with what I knew of the band from their shows and earlier EPs, but ultimately just surrendered to the songs. And what songs! They present a cycle of themes both personal and cosmic in scope, from the singalong immediacy of “How Long” to the slow-burn bluesiness of “Body, Brain,” to the ethereal beauty of “Green Stones.” The range the band displays is staggering, yet the songs all work together to form a cohesive whole. It’s easy to call Monuments one of the most confident, assured debut albums from a Portland band pretty much ever. There’s nothing tentative about this music. Fanno Creek has struggled with categorization; describing what they do musically has been a challenge, owing to their range. In a post-Monuments world, why not call their sound what it is? Classic rock. Not guilty pleasure/ironic classic rock either. This music would sit comfortably alongside The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on any playlist. The writing is strong, the performance passionate and powerful, the production rich and nuanced, and the tracks trendless and timeless.
The Music Court / Up Fanno Creek with a Paddle – A Band on Its Way “One of the definitions of the word monument is ‘something venerated for its enduring significance.’ It is also the title of Portland Indie-Rock staple Fanno Creek’s new album, and one listen to the band’s music proves the definition apt…” Full article
Portland Mercury / Building Monuments: Fanno Creek’s Dream Songs “…the Portland band’s lyrics touch on heavy topics like life, death, and the desire to flee Earth in the search for a better life. But in spite of these overwhelming and possibly depressing topics, Fanno Creek’s songs remain upbeat and melodic—and wholly characteristic of the trio’s music…Fanno Creek’s first full-length (on Portland label SoHiTek Records) is a shining culmination of years of songwriting…” Full article
Willamette Week “If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong…the trio’s first full-length is a folk-inspired shape-shifter, led in large part by the dual vocals of Quinn Mulligan and Evan Hailstone, whose harmonies act as the group’s symbiotic center…” Full article
The Deli “…The attention given to each song is evident and the result is a kick ass album…” Full article
The Daily Barometer / Fanno Creek’s ‘Monuments’ album impresses KBVR “…While the album flows together neatly as a cohesive concept package, each song stands on its own. Further, each track has its own identity — ranging from the a-cappella-and-hand-clap-driven ‘On My Way,’ to the slow but sweet ‘Body, Brain’…” Full article
Man on the Moon “..The single ‘On My Way’ is one of the highlights of this work, a song which brings us to a universe of Fleet Foxes, a song filled with a wonderful harmony of pop elements…” Full article