Review by Eugenia Vela.
Like any collection of work, Fur State has a story behind it. Originally recordings made in 2004 back in Los Angeles, front man Paul Waclawsky’s music gear was stolen and so decided to move to Austin, Texas along with partner Jaylinn Davidson. Years later, they’ve taken those recordings and added to them, finally releasing the eight-track collection that is Fur State. The album’s beauty is its timelessness, which Waclawsky points out in the band’s bandcamp page.
While The Boxing Lesson has played with different styles of sounds and may have gone through a period of reinvention, Fur State is an album that will be played through the years with the same enjoyment and intent that it was created. Each track is very similar, hazy dreams of sounds and illusions. You won’t necessarily dance to it, but you’ll want to do everything else to it.
Most songs float by with sweet beats and images of showering lights. Track “Three” stands out as a more chaotic installment in the collection. Track “Seven” does the same, with a 10-minute mix of media sounds and recorded conversations, similar to Lennon’s “Revolution 9” from The White Album. I can appreciate the attempt of the song, but even if it stands out, it doesn’t do so in a great way. The abstractness of the song seems to exist just for the sake of existing and takes away from the otherwise comprehensive senselessness of the collection.
Other than that, Fur State might seem like a simple album, but its simplicity and beauty can be appreciated by many—80-year-old listeners wouldn’t get scared by it and lovers of popular music wouldn’t think it’s pretentious indie crap. It’s an album that through its entrancing, dreamy vibe has the potential to charm anyone. Personal favorites include tracks “Five” and “Eight,” but the collection is relevant well throughout. So you won’t get lost between the cloudiness, but instead will love spending your lazy afternoons with The Boxing Lesson’s latest wonder.