Let It Go is the debut EP from Fossil Collective, a Leeds duo whose music is an intoxicating blend of exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies.
The group mainstays are Jonny Hooker and David Fendick, two multi-instrumentalists, swelling to a five-piece for live performances. This is a collective by name and nature “we are always looking for people to come on board,” say the duo. The spirit includes collaborators from beyond the world of music: Leeds-based animators Broken Pixel produced the brand new video for Let It Go’s title track, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5nE1510oYo
Painstakingly put together over a period of months, the video was made using the time-honoured stop-motion animation technique. “It's a love story,” say the duo, who put the story together with the team at Broken Pixel. “A tragic ballooning accident separates two lovebirds, and the story follows the male character as he’s stuck on a island trying to build his way to the moon to rescue his love. It takes many years and a lot of effort for him to achieve this.”
David and Johnny met on the Leeds music scene, playing in different bands but both feeling restricted they decided in make music together. “The best thing about Fossil Collective is the sense of freedom and control we have,” they say. Indeed, Let It Go’s title track is about the break up of previous musical projects and the people in them. It, the rest of the EP and a forthcoming album were recorded in various locations around the Leeds, including the crypt of church in Batley, where they had to pause whenever there was a service on upstairs. The duo themselves live in the countryside outside Leeds, which is reflected in their bucolic sound. “We’re generally more connected more with nature and the countryside than the city centre,” they say. “We like the simple life and the outdoors.”
As the title suggests, the EP is heavy hearted but hopeful, five songs about struggle, strife and relationships. The slide guitar-driven Without A Fight is about “not giving up on something you love” with Everything But You Is Facing North is about “the contradictions that can occur in relationships”.