Fun City

Fun City

by The Fancy ShapesThe Fancy Shapes


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A New York band that melds smart pop with Afro-tropical rhythms? Put away your topsiders, this is not Vampire Weekend (although there are similarities). But do strap on your best dance shoes, because The Fancy Shapes come down hard on the "beat" side of Afrobeat. The disc in question is Fun City, and you will dance. Most of the 12 songs here recall the wit and groove appreciation of the Tom Tom Club, matching vocalist Sabrina Roberts' beguiling voice to savvy lyrics and irresistible rhythms. Guitarist Seth Kaufman, a former Page Six reporter, turns a writerly eye on party music, whether deconstructing the concept grammatically ("I party, you party, we party," conjugates "We Party"), the liberating breakup dance tune "I Can Can-Can," or succumbing to its animalistic impulses (on the Blondie-esque instant single,"Shut Up & Kiss Me"). Even the album closer "Pants on a Horse," which recounts the court battle of feather dancer/burlesque heroine Sally Rand, veers into party territory, imagining the dancer in "heaven's perpetual rave." Elsewhere, New York City's dreams and rituals are celebrated, from "Meet Cute"'s desire to find a special someone in a special way, to the annual "Spring Fever" ("Someone call a lawyer / to get an enjoinder / against going back to work"), to the unique magic of the "Coney Island Mashup," which promises, "If you can't make out here, you can't make out anywhere." Smart lyrics, yes, but it's the feverish rhythms that will get your feet moving. Sun-dappled guitars skitter over the propulsive grooves of drummer Dan Roth and bassist Seth Walter. Fun City mixes tropical heat with urban angst. Spoiler alert!: The heat wins

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Sukuma Records
UPC: 0884501385565
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 172880

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fancy Shapes   Primary Artist
Seth Kaufman   Guitar,Group Member
Ray Turull   Conga,Guest Appearance
Lee Farber   Percussion,Conga,Guest Appearance
Sabrina Roberts   Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Berchanko   Guitar,Group Member
Seth Walter   Bass,Group Member
Dan Roth [2]   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Eli Janney   Engineer
Ganda Suthivarakom   Composer,Lyricist
Seth Kaufman   Composer,Lyricist
Kathleen Diresta   Band Photo
Joan Seidman   Band Photo
Jeanne Verdoux   Cover Design
Fancy Shapes   Composer
Susan Pottinger   Lyricist

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