The Fresh & Onlys cast a wide net in their record collections. Shayde, Tim, and Wymond all met as employees at Amoeba records in San Francisco, and as the bands catalog can attest honors a long legacy of important rock n' roll of decades past. Singer Tim Cohen listened to nothing but hip-hop until he was 20 before becoming arguably the most prolific song-smith of the last 5 years, Shayde's formative years were spent in punk bands, and Wymond's brooding solo work is on the Sacred Bones label.
The initial diet that started the F&O fire was based on '50s tremolo guitar crooners, '60s cosmic psych and country, '70s opiate-adorned dream pop, romance-laden '80s jams, and 90's American DIY culture. They traded mixes full of Deviants/Wipers/New Riders Of the Purple Sage/Jacobites/Chrome/Subway Sect. This small list for Drift is full of friends and projects we have some recent link to, or just caught our eye while perusing their catalog:
Lewis - L'Amour: A long forgotten private press LP from the early 80's that somehow bears more intimacy than Arthur Russell and the ambiance of late era Talk Talk. Wymond from The Fresh & Onlys is actually who first turned Matt from Light In The Attic records onto this mysterious little gem and insist they reissue it.
Jackson C. Frank-S/T: "Blues Run The Game" is one of the greatest songs ever written. Period. He was a craftsman. Another fallen victim to the void of obscurity, even while his influential contemporaries tried to champion him.
Scott Walker - 4: This album is a temple. At once plaintive while at others like a mysterious codex. "Angels Of Ashes" can be read like a gospel. Dip your cup.
V/A - World Psychedelic Classics 3 - Love's A Real Thing: Colonial waste turned into vibrant, blasted out, incessant psych grooves. This compilation turned everyone onto William Onyeabor several years back but holds several other treasures from West Africa. Sorry Bamba's (who has a collection on Thrill jockey) jam "Porry" is champion.
V/A - Killed By Deathrock: For anyone who digs, or is intrigued by cult label Sacred Bones you should look at this as a personal mixtape from its founder Caleb Braaten (one of the first champions of F&O and all around solid dude) to you. Packed tight with some amazing brooding songs from a golden era of mascara smeared punk.
Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure: Our long time SF pal is a the prince of taqueria fuelled Anglophile pop-smith jangle. His newest slab of sunshine finds him in some kraut-motorik terrain with his expert dash of bitters and gloom on top.
Kevin Morby - Harlem River: A young pal we've toured around with for years in Woods/Babies makes good on his debut solo album with a voice that echoes Bill Fay on the cover of Blonde On Blonde.
Disappears - Era: Pummelling dystopian dub-sci-fi-drone played by four total sweethearts in a Chicago rock n' roll band led by Brian Case (ex Ponys and 90 Day Men)!