Fort Lean caught our attention at the beginning of this decade with singles like “Perfect” and “Beach Holiday,” but it’s only recently that they’ve finished their debut album, Quiet Day. Letting the buzz cool might be deadly for some bands, but for the Brooklyn quintet and their sweeping rock songs, it feels like a blessing. “Classic-rock-inflected” was what we called them in 2011, and in 2014, the year of Lost In The Dream, the musical landscape is even more attuned with the band’s sound. To their credit, Fort Lean have only pushed that sound further on the album opener “Cut To The Chase,” a love song that expresses singer Keenan Mitchell’s tender intentions in the yearning verses, before the galloping drums and pillowy synths announce a huge, swooning chorus. Listen.
Quiet Day is out early 2015 via Ooh La La Recordings.