What is Falcatross? (Brief Bio & History)
What is Falcatross? By Pete Fitzpatrick
The name Falcatross came to me in a daydream. Either it doesn’t mean anything, or it means a harbinger of good luck that can also dive bomb something. Either way, it’s something that Googles well. There is only one Falcatross. Easy to find. There for you.
The new record is called Sprung. It was written and recorded over the past four years or so, which were marked by a quest for new energy and momentum. Sprung celebrates the things that the promise of Spring brings. Songs about migration, rebirth, relativity, and of course, LOVE. Among other things.
There are Omnichords and bowed banjos, euphoniums marching with backwards drum-loops, a clarinet solo blowing through a Marshall stack, Moog bass lines tickling the toes of string quartets, harmonizing seahorses, asteroid elegies, and a lion roaring in the ocean. And more.
Most of the instruments on Sprung are played by me, with friends graciously lending their talents here and there: Chris Speed (Human Feel) on clarinet; Margaret White (Portastatic), on violin; Heather McIntosh (The Instruments) on cello; Jonti Siman (A Big Yes and a small no) on upright bass; and former bandmates Michael McLaughlin (The Pee Wee Fist, Naftule’s Dream), on piano; and Anna Johansson (TPWF, Green 4) on harmony vocals and handclaps. It was recorded in various locations in Brooklyn, NY, where Falcatross nests, and final mixes were done with Al Weatherhead (Sparklehorse) at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Virginia.
Live, Falcatross can be a solo affair, or it can involve any number of co-conspirators. Recent shows have involved guitar, bass, banjo, drum machine, cello, violin, accordian, sampler, bicycle wheel and tape recorder.