The Fiery Furnaces: I’m Going Away

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The Fiery Furnaces: I’m Going Away

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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.

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