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Easy, breezy and surprisingly coheezy
The Fiery Furnaces’ seventh LP marks
a curious stylistic adjustment: The band’s proggy dynamism is now
set in the style of ’70s sitcom themes. I’m Going Away forms a
hodgepodge narrative about escape using blues-rock throwbacks
(“Charmaine Champagne”), dreamy piano ballads (“Ray Bouvier”)
and an unmistakable homage to Clapton’s psychedelia (“Staring at
the Steeple”). These pop predilections yield heretofore unseen
unity, making their blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em tempo alterations
and off-kilter interludes downright jarring. But there’s more here
than just a kitschy concept—I’m Going Away is another absorbing
mile on the Furnaces’ flight from indie-rock convention.