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Todd Fancey is the guitarist for the band The New Pornographers. He has released two albums on the What Are Records label under the name Fancey, an eponymous debut in 2004 and a followup entitled Shmancey in October 2007. He is from Vancouver CA and describes his music as “soft rock that rocks”.

Soft rock, dirty words? No, not anymore. With the popularity of Phoenix, Postal Service, and Kings of Convenience, indie rock’s angry core has become kinder and gentler, at least on first listen. Enter Todd Fancey, a Vancouver student of 70’s AM radio, whose “other” band, the New Pornographers, have been tearing it up in the US, Canada, and Europe over the course of two amazingly popular records for Matador and Mint.

Playing guitars and keyboards in the New Pornographers is a challenge and thrill for Fancey, but he yearned to do something more. Something big. And it’s something wonderful, his self-titled debut solo record is chock full of driving Wurlitzer pianos, crunchy guitars, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road style string arrangments, and pretty backing vocals. Though his influences are on his sleeve and are detectable in the lead off tracks like Carry Me and Dial Jupiter, It’s more than a New Pornographers side project. It’s a simply stunning beginning to a long road of making perfect pop albums.

So how does the followup “Shmancey” compare to this? On first listen, things seem a bit darker, with a greater range of styles and moods in evidence.


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  • caro_g

    this is very nice! i need to get the other album.

    11 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ktparker

    They were pretty good opening for The New Pornographers at the Showbox on Friday. Not much crowd interaction, but they still played a nice set.

    20 Sep 2007 Reply

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