Rootsy, vibrant indie outfit Forest Fire deserve more due. It’s not to say that they haven’t ever gotten some — French tastemakers Le Blogetheque called their debut, Survival, the best album of 2009 — but that enthusiasm hasn’t seemed to pick up as much elsewhere. And that doesn’t make sense, because the band makes some really bright, vivid songs like “Mtns Are Mtns,” a cut from their new LP Staring At The X. There’s a looming darkness in the middle of all of those interests that hints at a compelling underside you’ll keep coming back to. Check it out.
Staring At The X is out 10/18 on FatCat.